Parents reminded to take care at school drop off and pick up times

PARENTS are being reminded to take care when dropping off and picking their children up from school.

Christchurch Borough Council and Dorset Police have joined forces with schools throughout the borough to raise awareness of parking regulations outside schools.

The campaign aims to remind drivers not to park within the yellow zig zags as well as about the dangers of parking on pavements or too close to junctions.

Andy Jones, senior neighbourhood management officer at Christchurch council, added: “Most parents know how important parking restrictions outside schools are, but there are some who flout the rules, perhaps because they’re running late or don’t see any problem with stopping for a couple of seconds.

“Unfortunately, those couple of seconds could cost a life.”

Louise Buxton, headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, said: “We are working alongside Christ-church council and the local police during this school parking campaign to try to address the issue of illegal parking.

“It is not just the lack of courtesy to our neighbours but the basic safety of our children that can be compromised by thoughtless parking.

“A parent would never forgive themself if something were to happen to a child.”

The campaign involves talking to drivers and handing out leaflets to remind them about the safety message.

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6:20pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

One thing I've noticed over 15 years of dropping my kids off at school is there is a certain type of parent, who doesn't care a fig about the safety of other children, just so long as they can pull up as close as possible to the school entrance in their mad rush to get to work on time. What they should do is station that group of kids from Herbert Avenue that beat up Fooksie The Gritter outside schools and let them loose on any parents thatpark on the yellow zig zags. Or the police could do what we pay them for and get out there and issue some tickets!
One thing I've noticed over 15 years of dropping my kids off at school is there is a certain type of parent, who doesn't care a fig about the safety of other children, just so long as they can pull up as close as possible to the school entrance in their mad rush to get to work on time. What they should do is station that group of kids from Herbert Avenue that beat up Fooksie The Gritter outside schools and let them loose on any parents thatpark on the yellow zig zags. Or the police could do what we pay them for and get out there and issue some tickets! Letcommonsenseprevail
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8:50pm Fri 25 Jan 13

MrPitiful says...

Surely the council loves this sort of thing? - It was rich pickings outside St Michael's School for the TWO traffic wardens PLUS camera car going round & round the block the other week.

They caught loads of silly parents chancing the double parking & pulling up on the zig-zag bits!

Silly because 50 yards around the corner from the school there's bags of free parking where most of the teachers & staff safely leave their own cars all day!
Surely the council loves this sort of thing? - It was rich pickings outside St Michael's School for the TWO traffic wardens PLUS camera car going round & round the block the other week. They caught loads of silly parents chancing the double parking & pulling up on the zig-zag bits! Silly because 50 yards around the corner from the school there's bags of free parking where most of the teachers & staff safely leave their own cars all day! MrPitiful
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10:38pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Teddy 1 says...

In broadstone, Poole I've seen student teachers using a private car park (no issue with this) but then driving the wrong way down a one way road at speed to get into a school staff car park. Not worth mentioning to the school as I and other parents would put money on the fact that no action or 'words of advice' would be given to those student teachers. Accepting of the fact they are entitled to a private life but are they not meant to be setting an example to children when in school?
In broadstone, Poole I've seen student teachers using a private car park (no issue with this) but then driving the wrong way down a one way road at speed to get into a school staff car park. Not worth mentioning to the school as I and other parents would put money on the fact that no action or 'words of advice' would be given to those student teachers. Accepting of the fact they are entitled to a private life but are they not meant to be setting an example to children when in school? Teddy 1
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11:47pm Fri 25 Jan 13

LordLilliput says...

I'd suggest that the sort of parents that need reminding of such basic common sense information won't be paying much attention.
I'd suggest that the sort of parents that need reminding of such basic common sense information won't be paying much attention. LordLilliput
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