Parents urged to park smart outside schools

Peterhead police and Community Wardens have issued an appeal to parents to think twice about where they park outside schools.

Sunday, 24th August 2014, 6:00 am
PC Sim and Community Warden Ian Kennedy with a new warning banner outside Peterhead Central School

The appeal comes following concerns that children could be hurt by drivers choosing to park on places they shouldn’t including yellow zig-zag lines which is both dangerous and illegal.

PC Sim and Community Warden Ian Kennedy visited every primary school in the area as well as Peterhead Academy last week in a bid to get their message across.

Ian said: “We are concerned about the safety of children and this appeal has come to light as a minority of parents choose to park dangerously.

“People parking on yellow zig-zag lines has become a problem and we have heard that there have been a few bumps to cars due to the increase of traffic, but at least it has been a bump to a car and not a child.

“The Community Wardens along with Police Scotland ask parents to give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations and park correctly and safely when they get there.

“We also ask that car users do not park on the yellow zig-zag lines or double yellow lines located outside schools.

“Drivers should also park well away from junctions and don’t obscure driveways.”

Ian added: “Drivers should also follow the flow of traffic outside schools to prevent any accidents.

“If any member of the public witnesses someone parking dangerously outside of a school building, they should contact Police Scotland on 101.”

The visits by Police Scotland and the Communty Wardens took place on Tuesday, August 19 as schools in Peterhead and across Buchan returned after their summer break.