Together with police they caught 17 drivers, including two Cardiff Buses, breaking the 30mph limit on the road that runs in front of their school in just 90 minutes.
One woman, who did not have a driving licence or insurance, was caught travelling at 46mph on Willowbrook Drive in St Mellons, Cardiff – a road that has claimed the lives of two children and several adults in the last few years. Police confiscated the woman’s car.
“We all know drivers go over 40mph past our school every day because we see it, but it was still shocking to catch so many in just an hour-and-a-half,” said Lee Thomas, headteacher at Meadowlane Primary School.
He said the four year six pupils who took part in Thursday morning’s operation will use the results to lobby Cardiff council to install traffic calming measures.
Pcso Rob Parry, who organised the operation, said the police had recorded 80 crashes on Willowbrook Drive, including two fatalities, in just two-and-a-half years.
People living on the St Mellons estate are also still recovering from the deaths of three-year-old Joshua Venn-Howells, who was knocked down on the road, which loops around the estate, while playing with friends in July 2007 and Jade Sanderson, 13, who died when she was struck by a bus on Valentine’s Day in 2003.
Drivers caught and pulled over in the crackdown escaped a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence, but were given a telling off by the concerned pupils.
They asked drivers how they would feel if a member of their family was killed by a speeding driver.
“One lady said we had made her feel very embarrassed and humiliated,” said Pcso Parry.
“I told her that was the whole point of the exercise.”
Mr Thomas said on two occasions cars had crashed into the school railings. One driver died and in the last Easter holidays, a car demolished the infants’ wendy house.
Cardiff Bus said it takes the news that two of its drivers were caught speeding “very seriously” – this follows a report earlier this month which showed dozens of bus drivers had been caught speeding and jumping red lights.
Pcso Parry said one bus was caught travelling at 38mph and the second at 34mph.
Regarding the first driver he said: “He not only had to get off and explain his actions to the children, he had to get back on and explain his actions to his passengers.
“These are professional drivers who should know better than anyone else.”
A Cardiff Bus spokesman said: “Safety is paramount to us, and the safety of our customers, general public and employees is at the core of our business operations.
“We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive safety and awareness training to all our drivers.
“At this time, we have received no formal notification of this issue. However, we take this issue very seriously and the appropriate procedures will be followed.”
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