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Greasby Junior School pupils confront speeding drivers

Drivers caught speeding outside a Merseyside school have been given the option of facing a "pupils' court" to explain their behaviour.

Children from Greasby Junior School, in Wirral, have been confronting drivers who broke the 30mph speed limit on Mill Lane outside the premises.

Merseyside Police gave drivers the choice of three points on their licence and a £60 fine, or facing the pupils.

One driver was reduced to tears when questioned by the children.

'Scrabbling for excuses'

The initiative, run by Wirral Council's Road Safety Team and Merseyside Police, is part of Road Safety Week from 21 to 27 November.

Over a three-hour period nine drivers were caught speeding outside the school.

Adrian Martin, the school's head teacher, said: "Three chose to take the fine and the points, the six others dared to come in and face our children.

"Initially they were very embarrassed, very sorry and scrabbling around for excuses, one lady got particularly upset."

Katie, a year six pupil who spoke to the drivers, said: "Some people were quite upset and very sorry.

"People said they were late for work and that they didn't know the speed limit."

Insp Steve Hall, from Merseyside Police, said: "It's one of the initiatives that Merseyside Police is working with partners on to address issues, particularly outside schools, to look at reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads.

"There is a big impact from the children confronting those drivers that exceeded the speed limit.

"They are challenging the drivers' behaviour and that sends out a resounding message that it won't be tolerated."

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