Haverhill pupils reduce speeding drivers to tears

Haverhill Police doing speed checks on Wratting Road with youngsters from Coupals Primary School last Friday

Haverhill Police doing speed checks on Wratting Road with youngsters from Coupals Primary School last Friday


Speeding drivers were reduced to tears when confronted with primary school children asking them why they were breaking the limit.

Coupals Primary School teamed up with PCSO Mark Isaac and colleagues Pc Will Wright and Sgt Gary Miller on Friday (March 7), with those caught speeding on Wratting Road ordered to pull over and then choose between getting three points and a fine, going on a speed awareness course or facing the youngsters.

‘Why are you putting our lives at risk?’ and ‘How would you feel if a speeding driver hit your children?’ were among the questions the pupils put to the seven drivers that were stopped.

“They all chose to speak with the children, however a few of them were left to regret it,” said PCSO Isaac.

“Their posture quickly became slumped and were hanging their heads in shame.

“One woman began to have tears in her eyes.

“When I spoke with her after the tears began to trickle down her face.

“This proved how hard-hitting the message being delivered was.

“With the children supporting us I think it really drove home the road safety message that this road is a 30 for many reasons.

“We were highlighting one of the most influential factors, in that there are four schools very close by.”

One woman said: “It felt dreadful and really hit a nerve as my daughter is only six.”

Eleven year old Thomas Delicate, from Steeple Bumpstead, said: “The first person we spoke to was pretty upset and others have been emotional too, so I don’t think they’ll be speeding in the future.”

Fellow year six Katie Williams, from Haverhill, added: “If we can stop people speeding then we can stop them from crashing and getting into accidents.”

The school hoped pupils would benefit from the partnership approach and learn good driving practice for the future.

“It encourages them to think about the roads and how they keep themselves safe,” said deputy head David Maguire.

“It involves them in the community and drivers see potential victims face to face.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 20) Echo.




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