Police safe schools operation

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Police Scotland officers in Angus have launched a two week operation aiming to make areas around schools safer for children.

The scheme, which launched on the start of the school term yesterday (August 18), will continue the good work from previous years where officers along with partner agencies have worked closely to alleviate inconsiderate driving and parking around schools.

Constable Gordon Dickson, from the Tayside Division’s road policing unit, said: “We are here to make the areas around the schools safer for kids to come and go, without them having the fear of being struck by a vehicle driving too fast or parked where it shouldn’t be.

“Officers are asking parents who take their children to school to obey the road markings outside schools, be sensible and keep their children and everyone else’s children safe this term.

“At the end of the day this is their children’s lives we are speaking about, I’m sure any parent can appreciate and understand that.”

This activity will be used to support the Police Scotland vulnerable road users campaign, which runs from August 24 to 30.

Inspector Brian Poole, head of Tayside divisional road policing unit, commented: “The initiative is part of our commitment to making Scotland’s roads safer and to reinforce this message, our officers will be patrolling roads and carrying out additional road checks for the duration of the initiative.

“They will give advice and where appropriate, enforce legislation with an emphasis on the dangers faced by more vulnerable road users.”

Pupils in Angus returned to school on August 18, following their summer break.