RECKLESS motorists have been caught in the act putting child safety at risk outside a Sheffield school – and face a reprimand from the police after The Star showed officers their photos.
The damning images show drivers ignoring yellow zig-zag ‘Keep Clear’ road markings outside Anns Grove Primary in Heeley, which is attended by 314 children aged from three to 11.
Motorists collecting youngsters from the school gates at home time were caught red-handed flouting regulations and pulling up on the ‘Keep Clear’ lines.
At the same time, numerous vacant spaces were available in the car park opposite the school.
The Star has already joined forces with the South Yorkshire Road Safety’s Partnership’s It’s Your Child campaign to highlight dangerous driving and irresponsible parking at schools throughout South Yorkshire.
An ex-teacher took the photos in Heeley after becoming fed up with the problems heedless parking causes – not just for young pupils but for people who attend a drama club at the Heeley Institute nearby.
The pictures were taken just after 3.15pm – pick-up time for the pupils who attend Anns Grove.
The photographer, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Star: “I’ve seen school staff challenging several drivers, with no results.
“There are always cars parked on the zig-zags.
“Cars also park illegally in the disabled bays next to the Institute, leading to even more problems. Parents and taxis end up having to pick up children from sections of road with double yellow lines.”
The Star has shown police the snaps, and the drivers traced from their registration plates. They are now to be ‘advised’ about their behaviour.
Road safety bosses are working on a Traffic Regulation Order to cover all Keep Clear signs and zig-zags outside schools in Sheffield, making it an offence for motorists to park on them.
Senior officers have been in talks with highways engineers for several months to get the Order place.
South Yorkshire Police Inspector Ian Stubbs, who is leading the It’s Your Child campaign, said: “This is exactly the sort of behaviour the It’s Your Child campaign hopes to tackle.
“Clearly, such behaviour is both dangerous and selfish, and it sets a bad example to children. I would ask all parents to think about where they park and have consideration for others.
“In the meantime, the owners of these vehicles can expect a visit from my staff and some strong words of advice.”