School children in Lambeth are joining up with police and road safety officers to crack down on dangerous drivers outside the school gates.
Primary and secondary school students are joining police and Lambeth Council’s Road Danger Reduction Team on morning patrols during the school run to clamp down on drivers who drive too fast, use mobile phones or cause danger to other road users through careless or inconsiderate driving.
It’s part of a new campaign to reduce dangerous driving in the borough.
Pupils at schools across the borough are helping police officers in operations monitoring drivers’ speed and police will issue penalties to any drivers who break the speed limit or cause danger through unsafe driving. Operations will take place on roads throughout the borough in a concentrated, high-profile operation which should make drivers think twice about taking risks on the road.
Lambeth’s Junior Road Safety Officers, children who are appointed by their school to promote positive messages about travelling safely and choosing active forms of transport (i.e. walking and cycling) will be at the forefront of the campaign.
Following a successful pre-Christmas operation which targeted drink and drug driving in the borough, the combined operation aims to reduce the danger on Lambeth’s roads and the number of people killed or seriously injured in the borough.
Over the last 10 years, Lambeth has been successful in reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on its roads by 50%, in line with national and local road safety targets. However, during 2011, 10 people were killed on Lambeth’s roads, more than the total number killed in the previous two years in the borough. All of the fatalities were pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists, road users who are more vulnerable as they are do not have the protection of being inside an enclosed vehicle such as a car or van.
“We are very happy to be working in partnership with police and school children to get across the message that we can make Lambeth’s roads much safer by cutting out dangerous driving behaviour such as speeding and using the phone while driving,” said Cllr Nigel Haselden, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Strategic Transport.
This operation heralds the start of a new closer working relationship between the police and the council which should contribute to making Lambeth’s roads more civilised and encourage more people to choose sustainable and active forms of transport, such as walking or cycling.