PARENTS, grandparents and teachers across South Yorkshire are joining the fight to step up road safety outside schools.
The Star has been inundated with comments from readers after publishing news of South Yorkshire Police’s crackdown on irresponsible motorists putting pupils at risk by parking dangerously.
The three-year project will see £36,000 invested in preventing the problem across 20 schools in Gleadless Valley, Woodseats, Lowedges, Nether Edge, Jordanthorpe, Beauchief and Greenhill, but the response suggests the problem stretches far beyond officers’ identified priority areas.
Grandmother Jane Shaw, aged 50, of Shiregreen, witnesses dangerous parking daily when she takes her six-year-old grandson Joshua Hoare to Meynell Primary School, Meynell Road.
She said: “You have to walk in single file along the pavement because parents are parking on the pavement. When the kids come out of the school they run off. It only takes one for an accident to happen. It scares me because I think they will only do something when a child gets hurt but it shouldn’t have to come to that.”
The issue is so bad at Birley Community Primary School, Thornbridge Avenue that Sheffield City Council’s parking services have been called out on several occasions.
Mother Gaynor Wright, 40, whose daughter is in Year Three at the school, said: “About 60 per cent of parents park safely but you’ll always get the 40 per cent who don’t. It’s those who want to be bang outside the school, rather than parking further away and walking an extra bit they will park on the corner of a road where children have got to cross. Parking services don’t do enough.”
The crackdown also received support on The Star’s Facebook page.
Cathie Rainbow said: “Anything to help child safety is brilliant. The only way to get it through to parents is to show them up outside school and getting tickets.”
Inspector Ian Stubbs, in charge of policing for the Sheffield south safer neighbourhood area, said: “The ethos is getting parents and motorists to take responsibility because that is the main issue we have.”
n The front page picture of The Star on Tuesday incorrectly named Khurshid Ahmed as headteacher of Nether Edge Primary School.
Mr Ahmed is actually senior learning mentor at the school.