Monday, March 02, 2015

A Safer School Run


This is a message from the Fullwell Safer Neighbourhood Team
A request to all those who take part in the school run. We are receiving numerous complaints from all of our Primary Schools in relation to inconsiderate and dangerous behaviour when dropping children off too school. If parking is at a premium in the immediate vicinity of the school then please allow sufficient time to find a parking space and get your children to school safely. We know that this is a stressful time and that the roads are extremely busy, but it could be your child who is injured if you don’t address this issue.

There has been a significant increase in the trend to stop and drop, where the driver just stops in the middle of the road and lets the children get out there and then. Not only is this practice causing an obstruction of the highway (yes this is a traffic offence with penalties), but most importantly it is also putting these childrens' lives at risk. We have recently had a child knocked over after getting out of a vehicle that had stopped and dropped, very fortunately their injuries were not serious, but it could have been a lot worse.
And here’s a comment from a mum via London on Toast
Personally, I’m glad to have seen two Community Police persons during our school run yesterday, standing on the pavement near the gates. It simply amazes me how many people park right over the yellow lines or climb kerbs on the road right in front of my daughter’s school at peak drop-off time.

Here are some other things that can help improve safety during the school run:
  • Don’t make three-point turns in the roads around school.
  • Don’t park over peoples’ driveways.
  • Park on an adjacent street and walk a block to the gates.

2 comments:

  1. well think we got it bad Brentwood this morn was a nightmare,(don't go here often...thankfully) drivers up there not only think its a human right to go on the school run but they think they are so special as that they don.t have to stop at a red light on a pedestrian crossing even when someone is crossing,and have a right to sit across your side of the road blocking the traffic.
    . i notice a lot of cars parked outside KS with the size of the new car park surely it can not be that full up.

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  2. The school run would be safer still if some of these blooming lazy mums got off their backsides and left the car at home...and it would do the kids good to know that legs are for walking......

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