Kirtlington pupils tell drivers to go slow

Kirtlington Primary School year 6 pupils stopping and advising motorists to drive safely.PC Steve Burchett,left,teaching assistant Sue Brown and PCSO Jason Manton,right.'120209M-C062
Kirtlington Primary School year 6 pupils stopping and advising motorists to drive safely.PC Steve Burchett,left,teaching assistant Sue Brown and PCSO Jason Manton,right.'120209M-C062

CHILDREN from Kirtlington Primary School had a stern message for drivers who speed or park dangerously in their village last week.

Six pupils joined officers from Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council on Thursday afternoon last week to stop passing drivers and warn them of the dangers of speeding and bad parking.

The event was part of the school’s School Travel and Road Safety (STARS) project, which has seen pupils gather data on vehicles’ speed and write letters to those caught speeding.

The project is designed to help them with maths and literacy, as well as spreading an important safety message.

Fiona Crook, headteacher, said: “The children surveyed the volume of traffic passing the school at different times of the day and calculated the speed by measuring a distance of 50 metres on the pavement and timing how long it took for vehicles to cover that distance.

“They converted this to miles per hour by drawing a conversion graph. Thames Valley Police also lent us a speed gun to use.”

PC Steve Burchett and PCSO Jason Manton, of Thames Valley Police, helped pupils on the day.