Students at a Bristol school have been encouraging motorists to reduce their speed - by reciting poetry to them.
Pupils who are members of the Mini Police at the Oasis Academy Connaught in Knowle West held a day of action to crackdown on motorists flouting the 20mph speed limit on the road outside their campus.
A group of 14 year five students worked with school Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Katie Allwood-Coppin, school safeguarding lead and mini police leader Faye Morgan as well as police officers to hold a day of action.
The youngsters split into two groups, one which helped officers man the speed gun and the other which spoke to motorists about their driving.
Those motorists caught breaking the speed limit were pulled in by officers.
As well as talking to them about the dangers of speeding outside schools, the students also recited a poem to them they had written about the dangers of speeding.
A 20mph limit has been in force at Melvin Square and around the school for several years.
But motorists often flout the limit - posing a danger to the 400 students who arrive at school each day.
The poem reads:
"You have been stopped today because you are speeding.
"Our school is there so please be aware.
"There's kids around so stop right now.
"The speed limit is there because there's people everywhere.
"By speeding along this road, you're putting us in danger.
"By taking a risk, you could hurt a stranger.
"You might hurt yourself or someone else.
"So take this warning from us because we want everyone to be safe.
"So have a good day and always drive the safe way."
The poem went down well with motorists, with all pledging to the children that they would watch their speed.
Faye Morgan, Safeguarding Lead at Oasis Academy Connaught said: "The children speaking to the motorists and reading them a poem they had written was a great way of engaging with them.”
"The poem and action of the children was received very well."
"Everyone they spoke to was apologetic and embarrassed and said it made made them think twice about their speed."
"It was amazing to see how the students took ownership of this initiative and went out into the community to make them aware of the issue of speeding outside the school."
The mini police have also undertaken other work in the community.
At Christmas they sang carols at a local care home and they also made bunting with residents to celebrate the Royal Wedding last summer.
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