Speeding driver pulled over to face children’s questions

July 6, 2014
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A man was let off with a caution for speeding on Monday morning after he was interrogated by a group of Guildford schoolchildren instead of accepting a ticket.

John Chamberlain, 77, was pulled over by police as he travelled at 38mph in the 30mph zone along Boxgrove Road at around 10am.

He was told he would face a fine of £300 and three points on his licence or could opt to receive a caution if he answered questions from Boxgrove Primary School pupils about driving and speeding.

Mr Chamberlain, of Lenten Close, said: “The girls asked about the stopping distance when travelling at speed.

“The toughest question they asked was ‘What damage would you do to a child at 30 miles per hour?’

“I couldn’t answer that.”

The School Speed Watch scheme is a collaboration between the police and schools, which is brought into play when they find a speeding problem in a certain area.

Schools are then approached and asked if Year 6 pupils would like to join officers on a speed watch exercise.

Anyone travelling in excess of 36mph is pulled over to face pupils’ questions.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We have been doing this for years and find it can be very impactive for drivers.”

Speed Watch is part of the wider body of road safety work that goes on within Surrey County Council and similar projects have tackled issues such as tailgating and driving while using a mobile phone.

A spokesman for the county council said: “Anything like this that gets children involved in thinking about road safety is positive.

“Children get very into it, they become passionate about it and tell drivers they are putting safety at risk.”

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/guildford-school-children-interrogated-driver-7379064


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