Council urges school road safety

Date: 02/09/2014

We are reminding parents and children the importance of road safety and school parking as term time nears.

In partnership with West Yorkshire Police, the Council have launched a new scheme aiming to help residents to understand road safety and reduce dangerous parking with help, advice and skills.

There will be increased police presence to several schools across the district and a total of 43 fines have been issued to drivers who have been parking dangerously and inconsiderately.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "Road safety is a top priority for us and we want to make sure children from across the district are arriving safely to school.

"Following the start of the school term it is important to remind parents and other road users of road safety and to avoid fines we are currently issuing.

"We all need to work together and respect each other and guidelines set like not parking on Zig Zags. Little things like this can make a big difference which will help to minimise dangers on our roads."

Inspector Ian Williams from West Yorkshire Police said: "We have responded to what residents, Head Teachers, School Governors and many others on Facebook and at PACT meetings have told us. A minority of parents are parking inconsiderately outside schools when dropping off their children and picking them up at the end of the day.

"We have attempted to deal with this by the use of high visibility patrols and educating parents through letters and even their own children but we cannot be everywhere and this has had little effect on the minority who are causing the problem."