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Children targeting careless parkers


Children targeting careless parkers

PUPILS at a County Durham school will be out in force tomorrow afternoon tackling the menace of inconsiderate parkers.

The children and staff at Vane Road Primary in Newton Aycliffe have been working alongside their local beat officer, PC Simon Rogers to tackle the persistent problem of motorists parking too close to the school and causing a potentially dangerous obstruction on the roads.

They started the week with a special assembly highlighting the importance of safe parking around the school, along with a competition which saw the children design and produce posters around the issue.

During this week the children and staff have been placing the posters on the windscreens of cars parked too close to the premises to raise awareness among the parents.

And a special ‘road safety’ edition of the school’s weekly newsletter has been produced to reinforce the key messages.

Insp Mark HALL said; “It is vital that we safeguard the children as the travel to and from school. This week of action has been necessary in order to do this. I would hope people parking around the school have been educated by our partnership actions  and will park more appropriately in the future.”

Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron HOGG said; “Parking issues near schools is a common problem and road safety campaigns such as this are important to raise awareness of child safety, especially when dropping off and picking children up from school.

“Nobody wants a child to be injured, or to cause an injury during the school run. Parking as close to a school as possible are known busy areas and blocking footpaths or parking illegally, however briefly, could easily cause a serious accident either to pedestrians or to other drivers. 

“Well done to all those involved in this week’s campaign; schools, councillors, children and the police have done an excellent job in helping to promote road safety and keep our young people safe.” 

Posted on Friday 23rd May 2014
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