Police focus on road safety at schools

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Road policing officers in Tayside will be carrying out an initiative aimed at making areas around schools safer for children.

The initiative will start next week and continue throughout April.

This will continue the good work previously carried out where officers have worked closely with partner agencies to curb inconsiderate driving and parking around schools to make it a safer environment for everyone.

Constable Gordon Dickson from the Road Policing Unit who is coordinating the operation stated: “We are here to make all schools safer for the children to come and go without fear of being hurt. There is a misconception that we are here to persecute parents dropping their kids off. That is not the case, we are here for the safety of the children, this is of paramount importance to us all, I’m sure any parent can appreciate and understand that.”

This message was reinforced by Inspector Ray Cuthill, Head of Road Policing in Tayside, who commented: “Children and young persons can be especially vulnerable. The safety of children travelling to, from, and around schools is an issue of concern for the whole community and we hope that this initiative will help to raise awareness of this, and encourage road users to drive and act responsibly.”

Officers would appeal to all parents taking their children to school to obey the road markings outside schools and to be sensible keeping all the children safe. If you are running late then think about where you stop, for the sake of an extra minutes walk, stop or park up somewhere safe and be considerate of all children, pedestrians and other road users.