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Blandford schoolchildren help officers crack down on careless driving

By DavidBol  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

  • Police Community Support Officer Mike Sinnick with students from Archbishop Wake School in Blandford.

  • Chris Durham, deputy Community Speed Watch Co-ordinator, with Archbishop Wake School students and Police Community Support officer Mike Sinnick.

  • 'Operation Black Lane' targeted careless driving outside Archbishop Wake School in Blandford.

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YOUNGSTERS in Blandford have helped Dorset Police target careless drivers outside their school.

Pupils from Archbishop Wake Primary School joined officers form Blandford Safer Neighbourhood Team and the newly formed Community Speed Watch team to tackle bad driving.

Black Lane, where the school is located had been identified as being a speeding hotspot earlier this year after more than 100 vehicles were recorded travelling over the 30 mph limit in a single day.

Jo Hicks, head teacher at Archbishop Wake School said: “I thought it was a really worthwhile experience for the children. They were able to tell drivers how worries they felt about speeding in Black Lane and hearing this from children had a real impact.

“The drivers were asked to tell their families, friends and colleagues about their experience and I’m sure the children would have gone home and told their parents too. It is only working together as a community that will make a real difference on issues like this.”

The operation, which took place during Friday 13 December - was a joint scheme involving Dorset Police, Blandford Town Council, Blandford Community Speed Watch Team and pupils at Archbishop Wake School.

Motorists were targeted if they were suspected of committing any of the ‘fatal four’ offences – speeding, drink or drugs driving, using a hand-held mobile phone while driving or failing to wear a seatbelt.

15 vehicles were stopped for minor traffic offences and given words of advice. Nine drivers were breath tested and all were negative.

Police Community Support Officer Mike Sinnick of Blandford Town Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This operation was designed to be a joint partnership approach to road safety aimed at educating drivers.

“I think the event was a great success and the views of the students given to drivers stopped had positive impact which was well received and greatly appreciated.”

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