Speeding motorists on Woolton Road, Wavertree found themselves in the dock at a special court recently.
The “judges” were pupils at Mosspits Lane Primary School and drivers who exceeded the 30mph limit during one day were given the chance to explain to the children why they were speeding – the alternative was receiving a penalty points and fine.
As well as being asked why they were speeding they were also asked a number of questions about road safety.
A total of 25 motorists were stopped during the day.
Local Councillor Helen Casstles, who helped organise the day in partnership with the city council’s road safety team and Merseyside Police, said: “The pupils did a superb job in questioning the drivers. Anybody who thought that it would be an easy option soon changed their mind. The ‘Kids’ Court’ really brought home to drivers the dangers of speeding outside school and what could happen if a child runs out into the road”.
“I am sure this will have had a greater impact on most drivers than getting a penalty notice – and some of the drivers have even contacted the police to say it had made them more aware of their surroundings and the speeds they were travelling.”
The court tied in with Road Safety week at the school, in which pupils learned about safe cycling, crossing the road and speed limits. The pupils produced a number of drawings which have been reproduced into signs and attached to the school fence, highlighting the dangers of poor driving.