On Thursday 10 January 2013, Year 10 pupils from Tonypandy Community College accompanied Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team to Tonypandy to conduct a Road Safety Operation as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. It was decided that pupils would focus on the issues of drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts, drivers using their mobile phones, speeding vehicles and those parked illegally
The day was planned in line with any other police operation, with an initial briefing given to pupils to explain the plan and what was expected of them before going into Tonypandy to conduct the practical part of the Operation. The day was then concluded by them returning to school and receiving a full de-brief.
The pupils were split into two groups so that they were able to experience all aspects of the Operation. One aspect of the operation was to monitor drivers in vehicles at Llwynypia Road, Tonypandy. All pupils were provided with high visibility jackets and were initially required to spot cars where those in a vehicle were not wearing seatbelts or were on their phones. These vehicles were then pulled over and issued with adapted fixed penalty tickets so that no actual fine was being given. The pupils spoke to all drivers, explaining why they had been pulled over and the potential consequences of their actions. All the pupils were extremely enthusiastic and positive about their roles. They were able to speak clearly too the drivers and they were polite and professional at all times. The pupils then all had the opportunity to use the hand-held speed camera and record their results and showed great maturity when carrying out this task.
Pupils also targeted vehicles parked illegally throughout Tonypandy issuing PACT warning letters to highlight the dangers of parking at such locations. The pupils were able to identify cars that were parked illegally and explain to drivers why parking in such locations could prove hazardous.
The session proved to be a success, all Officers were impressed by the maturity and enthusiasm shown by the pupils throughout the day and the pupils all appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Many members of the community also commented on how pleasing it was to see the pupils behaving so well whilst out in the community