Parents urged to abide by parking rules outside schools in North East Lincolnshire
IT is only luck that a schoolchild in North East Lincolnshire has not been killed outside a school.
That was the claim of a road safety officer who urged parents to abide by parking rules and not park up outside schools – even to drop off their children.
Despite double yellow lines and prominent zig-zag lines outside all of the 38 schools in North East Lincolnshire, some parents are continuing to flout the law.
But in the coming weeks, enforcement officers will increase their patrols around schools and will be imposing fines of up to £60 on those breaking the law.
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In the five minutes after the end of school at Waltham Leas Primary Academy yesterday, three cars were parked on zig-zag lines and road safety officer with Balfour Beatty, Doug Wright, urged parents to stop being selfish.
He said: "No parent should ever have to go through the experience of opening their door to police officers telling them their child has been killed in a road collision at school."
He posted warning banners outside four schools in the borough – Signhills Academy, Thrunscoe School, Waltham Leas Primary Academy and Stallingborough Primary School.
He added: "I am trying to prevent it before it happens. There has not been a serious accident outside a school recently, but that is just a matter of luck."
However, he said there was no getting through to some people, claiming one mother picking up her child outside a school in a 4x4 told him: "Give me as many fines as you want. My husband is rich and we will just keep paying the fines."
Paul Cunningham, 41, of Abbey Road, Grimsby, was picking up his children from Waltham Leas.
He said: "We park a distance away and walk to the school. It is all part of the experience. It teaches them road safety and it is good for them to walk."
Humberside Police casualty reduction officer, Pc Barry Gardner, said: "What makes parents think they are so special that it allows them to break the law and get their kid dropped off at school closer than everyone else's child? If they continue to break the law, it will cost them money."
Headteacher of Waltham Leas Primary Academy, Rob Beel said: "The safety of all the children and staff is my paramount concern."
He said a new school crossing patrol will start in High Street, Waltham, soon.