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Neath pupils join in drive to curb speed danger

By SWEPGRoberts  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

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Pupils from Bryncoch Church in Wales Primary School are show how to use a speed camera by PCSO Mike Griffiths.

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SLOW down or you will get a ticket — is the blunt message from a group of Neath youngsters.

Road safety officers from Bryncoch Church in Wales Primary School have sprung into action in an attempt to stop speeding motorists.

Yesterday PCSO Michael Griffiths, PC Gavin Puckett and schoolchildren from years five and six, carried out a speed camera exercise on Main Road in Bryncoch.

Mr Griffiths said speeding has been a Pact priority for the last two months. “We have been doing regular foot and mobile patrols and speed camera surveys, but it is an ongoing issue,” he said.

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“We thought it might be nice to educate the drivers because they can’t see the school on Main Road and forget it is there. We also wanted to get the school involved.”

The enthusiastic group took turns in operating the speed camera to find out how fast motorists were travelling on the 20mph road.

The operation is one of many things the school is doing to combat speeding, parking issues and dog fouling.

School road safety coordinator Helen Wells said: “People are parking on the corners of the streets on the kerbs and parking on the zig-zag lines.

“In the past we have given out tickets and we do a name and shame. We have also looked at dog mess outside.

“The children are very proactive.

“They don’t like it when they see something wrong.

“We have got a road safety wall in the school, and if they see something they will write it on there themselves.”

Year five pupil Amelia Hill said they are warning all drivers to beware of their speed.

“Slow down or you will get a ticket and then you will be on the wall of shame,” she said.

Year six pupils Leah Gibbons and Caitlin Jones walk to school.

“We always check if people have parked on the zig zag lines,” she said. “We keep a little notepad with us.”

Morgan Campisi said he finds being a road safety officer as “fun”. He said: “I would say to drivers stop speeding as next time you could get a ticket.”

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