Junior Roadwatch returns in Hackney

Following a Covid enforced hiatus, Hackney Council’s road safety officers resumed roadside activities with primary school pupils last month.

The Junior Roadwatch activities, supported by PCSOs from the Hackney/Tower Hamlets safer transport team, are designed to provide pupils with road safety knowledge, while also offering an element of enforcement.

Classes are divided into three groups, which rotate between on the road speed monitoring, and in class lessons about speed awareness and social media messaging for motorists.

Those caught travelling above Hackney’s 20mph limit receive warning letters, while the children’s messages are already being used on social media in an effort to raise awareness of the real costs of speeding.

Max Moorcock, road safety officer at Hackney Council, said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer these events again to schools in the borough, as they help educate the children on ways to keep themselves safe around roads, while also offering an element of enforcement. 

“The children were keen to remind drivers that in Hackney ‘20 is plenty’ and to ‘be safe and watch your pace’.”

11 February 2022