Slow down around schools

YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 05:00 20/06/2012
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We're watching: Frankley School crossing patrol supervisor Rob Needs helps his daughter CJ, left, and her friend Mikayla ntsT nteMathys, both 10, operate the hand-held laser device while Sergeant George White watches.

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Police are cracking down on dangerous drivers around schools.

Sergeant George White is spear-heading a course of action aimed at catching dangerous drivers in the act and issuing warnings and even tickets.

The drive involves police stand outside randomly chosen schools at busy times with hand held lazer speed-capturing guns.

"We've received a lot of complaints from different schools, particularly primary schools and intermediate schools, about the speed of the traffic around the school.

"That's a major safety issue. I know a lot of parents that do the road patrol supervising and a lot of the teachers themselves are complaining about the attitude of some cars "

Mr White has heard of cases where drivers have carried on through pedestrian crossings even when the children's lolly-pop signs were out.

"Just us being here tends to stop that from happening."

But it hasn't necessarily stopped the speeders. In the month since Mr White began the drive he's averaged about seven warnings per session; only given to drivers slightly over the limit.

When a driver is caught speeding he waves them down and gives out tickets. So far he's given out five.

The highest speed captured was 73 kilometres an hour around the bend at Vogeltown School.

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