Risk takers are taken to task by youngsters

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A SCHOOL’S pupils have joined forces with traffic police to help launch a week-long campaign aimed at getting motorists to reduce their speed.

The initiative, co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network, will see the joint operations unit for Durham and Cleveland carry out checks.

Officers have enlisted support from schoolchildren who have taken part in a short film to be shown at its launch today.

Pupils at Pelton Community Primary School, Chester-le-Street, have recorded their thoughts about speeding and what actions they would like to see.

They also took part in a speed monitoring session outside the school.

In the two force areas, more than 15,000 speeding offences were recorded in the 2013-14 financial year, with the majority of collisions where exceeding the speed limit was a factor occurring on 30mph roads.

Temporary Chief Inspector Ed Turner said: “We want to educate drivers and work with them to highlight the dangers of speeding, but those who ignore the law can expect us to take firm action.”

The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points, and drivers face disqualification if they are given 12 or more penalty points within three years.