South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  03 Sep 2019Return of the school run

As our children prepare to go back to school after the summer break, we are reminding parents of the importance of safe parking.

Pupils across Rotherham, Doncaster, Sheffield and Barnsley are gearing up to get back in the classroom which means the return of the school run.

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) is making a plea to parents and carers to choose a safe place to park away from the school gates.

Joanne Wehrle, SYSRP manager, said: “We appreciate that people can be in a rush in a morning and that getting children to school on time can be hard work.

“But it is extremely important that you don’t park in restricted areas including the keep clear zig-zags or double yellow lines.

“Parked cars outside schools can be a hazard and stopping on the yellow zig-zag lines puts children at risk.

“If walking or catching the bus isn’t an option for you, please park in a legal and safe place and give yourself extra time in a morning.”

SYSRP is also asking parents to remind children of the green cross code ahead of the start of the new school year.

“When taking children to school, teach them to find a safer place to cross then always to stop, look, listen and think before they cross the road,” added Joanne.

“Because of their size, children can’t see if the road is clear from behind parked cars and drivers can’t see children hidden from sight.

“Please make sure that your children know that roads are dangerous and don’t let very young children out on their own.

“Every time you cross, do it properly – always set the right example. If there is a crossing, please use it.

“We wish everyone safe travels as South Yorkshire gets back to school.”

SYSRP runs road safety sessions in schools across South Yorkshire.

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You can contact us on 01709 832455.