A NEW campaign has been launched to clamp down on parents and carers who park irresponsbily near schools at busy times.
It comes amid a raft of concerns from local residents about children being dropped off or picked up at school gates.
Safety concerns have been highlighted at schools in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Lenzie.
East Dunbartonshire Council has launched the Park Smart campaign locally, with the message of “parking at school gates is dangerous and selfish”.
Drivers are being urged to find a safe place to park every time they pick up or drop off.
Worst areas include:
* Boghead Road, Moss Road, Westergreens Avenue, Gallowhill Road and other areas around Lenzie Moss and Holy Family
* Lenzie Academy at Larch Avenue
* Millersneuk Primary School at Carron Crescent
* Hillhead Primary at Kenilworth Road and Newdyke Avenue
* Meadowburn Primary
* Lenzie Primary – Fern Avenue
* Craighead Primary and the village hall car park – Milton of Campsie
* Wester Cleddens Road, Bishopbriggs
Parents/carers of the new P1 intake are being given a copy of a leaflet entitled ‘Safe Start’ which contains road safety advice.
Deputy leader of the council and convener of the neighbourhood services committee, Ashay Ghai, said: “It is understandable that busy parents wish to drop their children off as close to the school as possible.
“However, the important issue is about keeping all our children safe when they are crossing roads outside schools rather than convenience and saving time.
“We also promote the use of active alternatives such as leaving the car at home and walking or cycling to school or parking further away and finishing the journey on foot.”
Inspector David Carballo, of Police Scotland, added: “It is disappointing that many parents and other drivers continue to park indiscriminately outside schools.
“Parked vehicles can mask children and adults trying to cross the road, and the potentially tragic outcomes should be clear to all.
“The responsibility for parking in a safe place to pick up or drop off children rests solely with the driver.”
The Park Smart initiative was developed by Road Safety West of Scotland (RSW0S), of which East Dunbartonshire Council is a member.
The chairman of RSW0S, Councillor Robert Steel, commented: “Irresponsible parking and driving around schools poses a considerable risk to both child and adult pedestrians.
“It is important for us to encourage parents to consider the possible consequences that may result from thoughtless actions.”
The initiative helps council road safety units throughout the west of Scotland to target areas, in consultation with head teachers, where there is a particular problem with parking or stopping too near to school gates at the start or end of school.
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