‘Cars and kids don’t mix’ initiative returns

Cars and kids don't mixWarwickshire County Council’s Road Safety Team has once again teamed up with the police to help put child safety first. The scheme asks parents to park away from the school entrance and not on the yellow zigzag lines.

One of the biggest dangers to child safety outside schools is inconsiderate parking by some parents. The yellow school entrance lines mark a crossing place for both children and adults in a place where they can see and be seen by what is coming along the road. When this area is obstructed by parked cars, children are hidden from oncoming traffic and find it difficult to see whether it is safe to cross.

Another problem around local schools is parents who park and obstruct driveways. It is one of the biggest complaints from local residents and drivers must think carefully about where and how they park. The fact that they might only be a few minutes is not an excuse.

Road Safety Warwickshire, the police and schools are asking parents to take the time to think about their journey to their child’s school. They want parents to consider safer alternatives for parking, such as parking away from the school and walking the last short bit of their journey.

The road safety officer for schools will be working with the police to deliver assemblies in schools and provide information for children to take home for their parents.

Cllr John Horner, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: ‘This iniative is an significant opportunity to improve child safety greatly by altering parents’ daily routines only slightly. The school run is always a stressful part of the day, but that only makes it more important to be considerate and safe in your parking.’

Cllr Philip Johnson, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: ‘It is great to see collaboration between Road Safety Warwickshire, the police and schools on such a vital issue as child safety. Hopefully the campaign will help raise awareness of why it is so dangerous to ignore road markings outside schools.’

For more information on the initative, please contact Jane Lees on 01926 418062.