Primary school pupils from areas across the UK are tackling dangerous driving and speeding in their local community, with innovative road safety campaigns.

A Birmingham school has created a ‘Kids Court’, where motorists caught breaking the 20mph speed limit outside their school can opt to face a panel of pupils instead of receiving points on their license and a £100 fine.

In County Durham a Community United in Road Safety Initiative (CURSI) has been launched, where emergency services will recreate the scene of a serious road traffic accident, to educate pupils on the impact of such incidents, while a Huddersfield primary school has started a petition for a speed camera to be installed on a nearby busy road.

In 2015, Department for Transport statistics showed the number of child fatalities and serious injuries caused by road traffic accidents increased for the first time in 20 years.

Gwen Kirby-Dent, a senior serious injury solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Partnerships between police forces and schools are an effective way of educating children about the importance of road safety and we hope that innovative campaigns, such as those taking place in schools across the UK this summer, will not only have a positive impact on pupils’ understanding of road safety, but also discourage dangerous drivers from reoffending.

“Preventing reckless driving, however, is equally important in helping to improve road safety, and with an unprecedented rise in child fatalities and injuries on UK roads last year, the government cannot afford to make any more cuts to traffic police, who play a vital role in deterring people from driving dangerously and putting lives at risk in the first place.”