Speeding Drivers Get Schooled by Meopham Students
Meopham School have been working alongside Kent Specials with ‘Operation Brakes’ over the last few weeks. The programme is a Road Safety and Speed Awareness campaign. The students have been outside the front of the school on Wrotham Road, with Kent Specials, operating the hand held speed guns.
With students at the helm, the officers would then stop any vehicle caught speeding and they were given the option of either receiving the points on their license and a fine, or be questioned by students. These questions were created by the students as the officers wanted as much input from the students as possible. So far we have had two successful ‘Operation Brakes’, with a total of 100 drivers being pulled over.
One of the questions from a year 8 student was, “How would you have felt if you had killed me due to your speeding?”
A speeding motorist stopped on 'Operation Brakes' said, “I’m devastated, I would never be able to live with myself if I had killed you." There were even tears from some of the speeding motorists as the students’ questions really brought the message home about the risks of speeding.
The aim of 'Operation Brakes' is to have an impact on the community here in Meopham, and to slow motorists down. Miss Miles, one of the teachers running the project, said, “Already, it is the talk of the school and the community, we have already noticed a decrease in speeding motorists outside our school.” The aim of the scheme is to also make the students at Meopham more speed aware, ready for when they start to drive, and to encourage their parents/carers to also slow down when driving.
With two successful days of 'Operation Brakes' already, Meopham School and the Kent Specials are looking forward to the future of 'Operation Brakes' and having a positive impact on the community. The students have thoroughly enjoyed themselves so far and those that haven’t yet been able to take part are eager to get involved.
L Miles, Teacher Meopham School