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It’s back to school time and unfortunately for some that also means a return to illegal, inconsiderate and downright dangerous parking.

As a parent of school age children myself, I have seen first-hand the hazards created by people seemingly oblivious to the dangers of stopping right outside the school gates to drop off or pick up their children.

Yellow zig-zag lines with a ‘School – Keep Clear’ message are at the majority of school entrances and exits so youngsters can have a clear, unobstructed view when they are crossing the road.

Although I’m sure most people who are guilty of this would protest that they only stop there for a minute, it only takes a split second for a collision to happen and as the driver they could be held liable.

Small children cannot see around or above parked cars which are also a hazard for other drivers on these often busy roads.

Some people choose to park on pavements on nearby residential streets, but this can also be dangerous – forcing vulnerable pedestrians to step into the road instead.

Local authorities are starting to take action to tackle this troubling problem and CCTV enforcement vehicles – or ‘spy cars’ – are increasingly being seen patrolling hot spot areas and handing out automatic fines.

These measures may help, but there is still no substitute for common sense.

Those who continue to flout the rules are putting children’s lives at risk.

Jane Cooper

Personal injury lawyer, Slater and Gordon