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Speed trap at primary school nabs 11 drivers in 2 hours

Road education officer, Constable Trevor Kirke, with Gibson PS students, Ashton Wilkinson and Caitlin McFarland checking the speed of passing motorists outside their school on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Jude Browne)

The PSNI has expressed ‘shock’ at the fact that 11 motorists were caught speeding outside an Omagh primary school in less than two hours.

Police were present on the Old Mountfield Road outside Gibson Primary School on Wednesday morning to catch drivers travelling above the 30mph limit.

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The PSNI officers were taking part in a road safety initiative in partnership with Gibson PS to gauge and highlight the ongoing speeding problems which exist outside the school – particularly on school days when there are children crossing the road.

But there was a twist: Instead of speeding drivers receiving the usual penalty points on their licence and being hit with a £60 fine, and £5 offender’s levy, the drivers had the option of attending a Kids’ Court in Gibson PS instead.

The court saw the offending men and women face a panel of Year Seven students in Gibson PS where they were asked a number of hard-hitting questions, including ‘Do you realise you could have killed one of us?’

Out of the 11 speeding drivers stopped, only six were prepared to face the Kids’ Court while the others were fined on the spot.

Describing the figures as “eye-opening”, Constable Trevor Kirke said that almost all of the offending drivers were local.

“I think it is shocking that so many people are prepared to speed outside a primary school,” he said. “The findings are eye-opening, and highlight that outside certain schools in Omagh there is a problem.”

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