It’s Your Child: Clegg backs school road safety campaign

Deputy prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Deputy prime Minister Nick Clegg.
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THE Star’s It’s Your Child school road safety campaign which aims to persuade school run parents to park their cars responsibly has been backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Sheffield Hallam MP Mr Clegg says he is concerned about the problem of some parents parking on double yellow lines and at other dangerous spots.

He says such parking makes it less safe for children to cross roads and walk to school.

Mr Clegg said: “I have a number of schools in my constituency and as a parent myself I have every sympathy with people wanting to protect their children.

“I can understand why they want to drive young children to and from school but I would appeal to mums and dads to listen to The Star’s campaign.”

He added: “Parents could ensure they allowed a few more minutes for the school run.

“That way, they can find a space and park properly so they do not end up parking illegally or dangerously,” he said.

“Another option would be to park further away from the school and walk the last part of the journey.

“That way, you would be able to spend more time with your children, too.

“Leaving too little time to get to school, parking in the wrong place and obstructing pedestrians can jeopardise other people’s children’s safety if they are choosing to walk to school and then cannot cross the road properly.

“So by ensuring you allow plenty of time for your journey and parking properly will ensure your own child gets to school safely and other people are also not put at risk.”

Mr Clegg said: “I welcome The Star’s campaign on this important issue which aims to make Sheffield a safer place.”

Police are already spending £40,000 on boosting safety at 20 Sheffield schools - £2,000 on each - by introducing more road markings and other safety measures.

* THE Star is backing the new campaign to make the roads outside our children’s schools safer.

We will visit primaries and juniors during the school run and challenge parents whose parking is putting children in danger.

Our photographers and reporters will be out and about highlighting the extent of the problem. And we will not just be visiting the schools due to benefit from the new project. Tell us which schools are badly affected by parents parking badly and dangerously and we will do our best to investigate.

Email molly.lynch@thestar.co.uk or ring 0114 2767676 ext 3354.