School parking initiative in Wingerworth sets off to a good start during road safety week
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Youngsters at a primary school in Wingerworth have been working with their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, community and road safety teams to help put the brakes on parking and congestion.
Children at Hunloke Park Primary School have been patrolling and checking the road near their school alongside teachers and our officers to highlight poor or irresponsible parking which could put others at risk.
Acting as ‘Mini School Road Safety Officers’, the youngsters have handed out tickets they designed themselves to vehicles found parked in places which reduces the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.
Sergeant Mat Winterbottom, of our police Community Safety partnership team in North Division, said: “It is fantastic to see the children at Hunloke Park Primary School getting involved in such a positive way to help promote road safety around their school during the busy drop off and collection times, which will benefit not just themselves and their peers but everyone in the local to the area.
“We would like to thank the teachers, governors and the youngsters themselves for taking part.”
The school has also adopted a “Kiss and Drop” initiative where parents can safely pull in to a designated lay by and drop off their children, where they are met and safety escorted in to school grounds without parents having to park up.
This week has already seen positive feedback from parents and local residents with a reduction in parking or congestion around the school.
Hunloke Park Primary School Headteacher Jennifer Murphy said: “Through close work with the police and community safety officers, we decided to take a step in keeping our children safe whilst attempting to reduce parking issues around the school.
“Our ‘Kiss and Drop’ trial was extremely successful with pupils being dropped at the bus stop on Lodge Drive with staff members there ready to help them out of cars and into school.
“With the support of our local PCSO we have also had our own Year 6 traffic officers who have been out at the end of the school day to ensure cars are parked sensibly, again making sure the children leaving school remain safe.”
The project has been launched during national Road Safety Week, which is coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity.
Road Safety Week aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the Week and beyond. It also provides a focal point for professionals working in road safety to boost awareness and engagement in their work.
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To find out more about road safety week at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk.