Kids pose tough questions to speeding drivers

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Drivers in Thurrock were held to account recently by 60 pupils from Deneholm Primary School in Grays, as part of a joint road safety initiative by SERP and Thurrock Council’s road safety team.

The one day event saw teams in Grays town high street offering advice and answering questions, stopping vehicles on a known speeding hot spot and visiting a local school.

Cllr Oliver Gerrish, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for transport, said: “Keeping the people of Thurrock safe on the roads and the streets is my priority.

“I’m delighted that the Safer Essex Roads Partnership give the message – be safe or be gone.

“I think it’s terrific that pupils questioned drivers caught speeding near to their school asking them, ‘What would you say to my mum and dad if you had killed me speeding?’.

“Interestingly, when we looked at the data of the day we found that drivers aged 17-24 years were the lowest offending group.

“It is our job to show our younger drivers how it is done safely – not lead by poor example.

“This was Thurrock’s first ‘surround the town’ day but it will not be the last event of this nature – this work is ongoing and I look forward to the next partnership initiative.”

8 July 2015

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