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The need to maintain road safety outside schools

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An increasing number of schools are raising concerns about cars parking on double yellow lines and zig-zags outside schools, close to where the children are crossing.

Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg has visited a number of schools across the county this week to observe traffic congestion and to talk to local people.

Ron Hogg said “Parents always want to put their children’s safety first, and by being cautious and parking slightly further away from the school entrance, children can see clearly to cross the road. However, a number of schools have reported near misses where it was hard to see beyond parked cars but they are finding it hard to eradicate the problem”.

Ron Hogg saw first-hand the issues at schools located in built up areas, where it can be a struggle to accommodate the increasing number of vehicles arriving each morning and afternoon.

Many schools have taken steps to address the issue, sending letters to parents or talking to drivers outside the school, asking them to be more aware of their manoeuvres.

Ron said “I will continue to work with road safety partners including the local authorities on this issue. The recent art competition for primary school pupils in County Durham was a good example of how to engage well with families. I am keen to listen to concerns raised by parents.”

Posted on Thursday 14th March 2019
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