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How would you feel if your child was knocked down by a speeding driver?

In a unique and hard-hitting speed reduction initiative, primary schoolchildren across Carmarthenshire have been targeting drivers who drive too fast near their schools. Officers from Carmarthenshire County Council's Road Safety unit have teamed up with local Neighborhood Policing teams and primary school pupils to target speeding drivers.



Traffic Technology Ltd has supplied their SID Speed Indicator Device as part of the project, and pupils use the device to warn motorists if they are driving too fast.SID detects approaching vehicles and advises them of their speed and, depending on the speed, displays a ‘smiley’ face if they are within the speed limit or a ‘sad’ face if they are speeding.

Drivers who are found to be traveling in excess of the speed limit are stopped by police officers, who also use a speed gun to confirm their speed, and are given the option of speaking to the pupils to explain why they are speeding outside their school, or to receive a fixed penalty notice.

Drivers who opt to speak to the pupils are then asked four questions:

1. Were you aware that you were driving faster than the 20/30/40mph speed limit for this area?

2. Why were you driving faster than the speed limit?

3. Why do you think the speed limit has been set at 20/30/40mph in this area?

4. How would you feel if a member of your family was knocked down by a speeding driver?

On completion of the questions the pupils then inform the driver of some very uncompromising facts relevant to their speed: "At 20mph there is about a 1 in 40 chance of killing me." "At 30mph there is about a 1 in 5 chance of killing me." "At 35mph there is about 50/50 chance of killing me." "At 40mph there is about a 9 in 10 chance of killing me".

Each driver is then given a pack including the 'Know your Speed' booklet, a letter explaining why they were stopped, a leaflet with a message from the school pupils, and a few educational speed related posters. Says Nicola Olsson, Assistant Road Safety officer of Carmarthenshire County Council, “The safety of the children outside our schools is paramount. This initiative highlights the dangers and raises the awareness of speeding outside schools not only to the drivers, but to the children as well.”