MORE than 500 drivers have been warned about their behaviour after police aunched a crackdown on parking outside Doncaster schools.
South Yorkshire Police have joined a campaign to improve road safety outside primary schools across the borough and there will be another operation this month – with more serious consequences.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is leading the fight to have a 20mph speed limit imposed on roads near schools, although Government spending cuts mean it may not happen soon.
In the meantime, Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Doncaster have taken action in a one-day operation to target parents who park irresponsibly when they drop off or pick up their children.
Senior officers say the operation was set up as a result of feedback from the public, schools, councillors and Ms Flint.
The manner of parking around schools was causing problems for residents in gaining access to their properties, making roads unsafe for children to cross and causing traffic build-up.
In just one day police and police community support officers were stationed at 50 primary schools across Doncaster, with officers outside school at the beginning or end of the school day.
A total of 536 advisory notices were issued to drivers about the problems their parking was causing, two fixed penalties were issued for obstruction, and two notices were issued for the anti-social use of a motor vehicle.
Parents were advised of the issues their parking caused other road users, and that parking on the zig-zag lines is illegal and dangerous for the safety of the children they were designed to protect.
A second operation is planned for January when officers will be issuing fixed penalty tickets, now that people have been given the appropriate advice.
Acting Sergeant Paul Setterfield, from Adwick Safer Neighbourhood Team, who organised the operation said: “We have listened to concerns from the community and have conducted high-visibility patrols outside Doncaster schools to show the dangers to motorists who park indiscriminately.
“We hope people realise the issues they sometimes cause and know that we will act in the future, with council colleagues, to issue tickets to keep school staff, pupils and pedestrians safe.”
Ms Flint says action by Doncaster Council on school road safety is ‘long overdue’ and she hopes her petition will spur them into taking further action.
In response, Mayor Peter Davies said he fully supports road safety initiatives and pointed out that the number of child road injuries in Doncaster has halved over the past decade.
“The limits are difficult to enforce with the restricted amount of resources available to the police,” said Mr Davies.