I DON’T do walking - those four words sum up some of the selfish irresponsible behaviour our campaign to keep schoolchildren safe is up against.
For that was the response from a mum who was asked to move her car and walk her child to a school entrance by a police officer trying to enforce the It’s Your Child campaign.
The campaign is a sensible one and something you would think every parent would want to support - to cut the risk to children from cars that are parked illegally or irresponsibly.
Since this newspaper decided to support the campaign, we have been inundated by requests from parents and from schools to visit them in the morning and ‘going home time’ to witness the madness that children have to negotiate to cross the roads.
Our campaign is deliberately forthright. We will continue to challenge parents who we see parking illegally and to ask them to justify why they do it. We will continue to publicise the registration plates of cars we see parking illegally or irresponsibly. And we want to see the police enforce the traffic regulations by issuing tickets to people who break the rules.
Only then, perhaps, will parents decide to alter their selfish behaviour.
Most parents respect the safety of children and do conform to road regulations. It is the acts of the minority that are putting the lives of children at risk - children who may well be the friends of their own sons or daughters - and that is what we cannot understand.
So to the mother who said she “doesn’t do walking” we say, start to learn.
To the parent who says they didn’t have time to park further away, we say, leave home a little earlier.
And to the mum or dad who says they don’t care about the campaign, we say, you will if it is your child who is hit by a car.
So help us to support the schools and let us know if you want us to pay a visit and name and shame the irresponsible drivers - and ultimately to make the school gates a safer place.
They’ve never had it so good
IN an age of iPads, mobile phones, X-boxes and Sky+, children probably could do with hearing a thing or two about how our previous generations lived.
We take so much for granted nowadays, the visit and talk by Harry Talbot, aged 91, to children at Southey Green primary was a bit of an eye-opener.
They will probably never have heard the immortal phrase before, but Harold Macmillan’s “You’ve never had it so good” is more apt than ever.