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Safer streets in Wanstead thanks to St Joseph's Girls

On Monday 14th October, pupils took part in the first initiative of its kind in Wanstead, by assisting the Police and the Redbridge Council Road Safety Crew in their quest for raising speed awareness in the local community.  A small group of children stood on the roadside armed with a speed detection device, pulling over any speeding motorists who were asked to justify their actions to both the Police and the pupils.  No excuses were accepted and penalties were given out where applicable.  Our pupils were satisfied that most of the drivers ‘took our important message to heart and now hopefully understand the importance of road safety.  Today we had a wonderful opportunity to keep schools and general locations safe from speed.’ 

On Monday morning, myself and my fellow pupils were fortunate enough to work in partnership with the Redbridge Council Road Safety Crew and four police officers from the Barking Transport and Traffic Team. I stepped out onto the road beside my current school, where we would educate the public on the importance of not speeding on roads, especially near schools. This event was named, Junior Road Watch. Our class was partioned into two groups, each with a forty-five-minute session. Many of us were bubbling with excitement. This fun activity was held on Cambridge Park. We were to measure the speed of each car, making sure it didn’t exceed the speed limit of 30MPH. An officer used a lazer gun, to oversee the car’s speed, to double check the driver was obeying the speed laws. If the driver was travelling over 30MPH the officers flagged down the car, and was instructed to stop. The majority of the drivers were exceptional; however, some were stopped. A series of checks were carried out to ensure the driver was safe to talk to. The police gave the option of coming to talk to us or receive 3 penalty points on their licence. As the first victim approached us, a compound of nervousness and excitement simmered inside all of us. We were ready. All the drivers attempted to give a valid answer, in their defence, but there was no justifiable reason to speed. We were not there to confront them or give out fines, we tried to drum into them that speeding is wrong. With the exception of one anonymous person, they all took the message to heart and now hopefully understand the importance of road safety. Today we had a wonderful opportunity to keep schools and general locations safe from speed.

By Neomi Prep 4