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Safer school parking campaign in Christchurch

By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: January 26, 2013

Safer school parking is being addressed in Christchurch

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THE safety of children is being addressed in Christchurch.

The Borough Council and Dorset Police have joined forces with schools throughout the Borough to raise awareness of safe parking regulations outside schools.

The campaign aims to remind drivers dropping or picking up their children that it is not safe to do so within the area marked by the yellow zig zags. It also reminds drivers about the dangers of parking on pavements or too close to junctions.

Andy Jones, senior neighbourhood management officer at Christchurch Council, added: "Most parents know how important the parking restrictions outside schools are, but there are still some who flout the rules perhaps because they're running late or they don't see any problem with stopping for a couple of seconds. Unfortunately those couple of seconds could cost a child's life."

Louise Buxton, headteacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, said: "We are working alongside Christchurch Council and the local police during this school parking campaign to try to address the issue of illegal parking. It is not just the lack of courtesy to our neighbours but the basic safety of our children that can be compromised by thoughtless parking."

The campaign involves talking to drivers and handing out leaflets to remind them about the safety message.

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