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Junior wardens monitor speeding drivers

PC Rob Dix explains how to monitor a vehicle's speed Credit: Two Rivers Housing Association

Pupils from St John's C of E Academy in Coleford, Gloucestershire have been monitoring the speed of motorists near their school.

The pupils from Year 5 and 6 spent an hour at the roadside, supported by Police, the local Street Warden and representatives of Two Rivers Housing.

The youngsters asked several drivers to pull over and talked to them about their speed. They asked them to consider slowing down and handed out mock tickets as a reminder.

Julie Griffiths, Deputy Headteacher at St John’s Academy, said: “The children took their responsibility very seriously. They couldn't wait to tell me that one driver was travelling at 37mph and another at 45mph!

This is a message to all of us to slow down when driving. Thank you to everyone involved in the project.”

The junior wardens chatted to drivers about their speed Credit: Two Rivers Housing Association

"Think Amy" road safety campaign goes national

The campaign was launched in memory of Amy Hofmeister Credit: ITV News West Country

A woman whose 13-year-old daughter was killed by a speeding driver says she hopes her death can be a warning to others. Amy Hofmeister died while cycling in Taunton three years ago. Now her mother Jane's campaign has won charitable status and she wants her message to go nationwide.

Leonard Jones was racing his girlfriend home from the pub when the crash happened. He was jailed for seven years. His girlfriend Leanne Burnell, who encouraged him, was sentenced to three and a half years.

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Road Safety awareness on film

Children concerned about road safety have a made a film to raise awareness. Pupils at Ashley Down Primary School in Bristol made the film to help launch a national road safety scheme headed by the Department for Transport, Aardman Animations and the RAC.

Children at Ashley Down have made their own film to raise road safety awareness. Credit: Ashley Down Primary School

Road safety summit to be held in Bristol today

Switching the city's speed cameras back on has been discussed the past Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

People in Bristol will be able to ask Mayor George Ferguson and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens questions about road safety at a summit today.

The reactivation of speed cameras in the city is expected to be one of the issues discussed. The event takes place at City Hall at 4pm.

Mayor George Ferguson said: "The road safety summit will bring together everyone who has an interest in making our streets safer – not just council officers and the police – but community groups, young people and special interest campaigners."

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Calls for tougher penalties for mobile phone drivers

It's Road Safety Week in the West Country.

As well as warnings about drink-driving, students in Bristol have been taught the dangers of using mobile phones at the wheel.

30,000 drivers in the South West have points on their licences for the offence. But Joe Burns from road safety charity, Brake says they want tougher penalties.

30,000 south west drivers fined for using mobile

30,000 south west drivers fined for using mobile Credit: ITV News West Country

Drivers across our region are being told to avoid the dangers of using a mobile phone while on the road.

The 'Brake' charity says that more than 30 thousand drives in the South West have points on their licence for using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Today marks the start of 'Road Safety Week' across the UK.