Is it too much to leave early?

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AS children return to school, so does the dreaded school run and the madness of drivers at the school gates.

Last year the police launched their It’s Your Child campaign which this newspaper threw its weight behind, urging parents to be considerate of others and children’s safety when parking their cars.

We saw some limited success, too. But significantly we also received massive support from schools and other parents who wanted us to continue to highlight the problem and visit their schools.

As part of our campaign, we are committed to feature the drivers who ignore the zig zag and double yellow lines, by parking their cars to drop their children off, while putting others at risk.

So, as the new term kicks off, we will be supporting the police operation over the coming weeks.

They will be patrolling schools reminding parents to be watchful of the law and other drivers.

All it takes is for parents to allow a little bit more time at the beginning and end of the day so that they can park a little bit further away from the school gates and walk their children the rest of the way.

It is not too much to ask, especially as irresponsible parents may well be putting your child’s life at risk.

Howzat for a game of cricket

HOWZAT for a great charity event.

Even that rare object - the sun - shone on Michael Vaughan’s star-studded celebrity cricket match to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

And what an array of celebrities did turn out.

That is a huge testament to Vaughan’s popularity, but also to these people’s awareness of how they can help charities such as the Children’s Hospital.

The hospital is held close to the hearts of so many people from the Sheffield region who will have come into contact at some stage with the professional care that takes place every day.

And it is in need of our help now as it seeks to raise money for a massive refurbishment project.

So our thanks go out to the stars and the spectators who made today such a great success.

What cost digital?

AROUND £50m of public money has been spent helping South Yorkshire’s £90m Digital Region project get to completion.

The running of the Digital Region will soon be transferred to a private company. We can only hope we will see the return on that investment.