Sheringham pupils write warning letter to parents to drive home road safety concerns
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Safety-conscious pupils at Sheringham Primary School are hoping a campaign they have launched will help highlight the problem of parents putting children at risk by parking illegally and reversing outside the school entrance.
In spite of a banner campaign in 2012 that featured a photograph of children lying in the road, a poster campaign the following year and a string of morning and afternoon patrols by police community support officers (PCSOs), parents continue to carry out dangerous U-turns and park on the zig zag lines outside the Cooper Road school.
According to staff and pupils, they have even been seen reversing onto the pavement or letting children out of their cars directly onto the busy road.
At the end of last year, school council members concerned about their fellow pupils' safety decided to take action and, with the help of PCSO Rebekah Simms and head teachers Sue Brady and Rachael Carter, the group came up with a plan to combat the problem.
The results of a traffic survey they carried out showed that, over a ten day period, 455 cars parked on the zig zag lines, with 286 carrying out U-turns while parents and children were attempting to cross the road to get to school.
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'It is becoming more dangerous every day,' said Year 6 school council member Ben. 'We even saw parents letting their children out into traffic while their car was still moving.'
After reporting back to PCSO Simms, the group wrote a letter to parents warning them of the dangers and asking them to park further down Cooper Road and walk the short distance to school.
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'It is really important,' nine-year-old Ivy said. 'What we are worried about is that if cars keep parking outside school, there could be an accident.'
With the support of their teachers and PCSO Simms, the school council has now produced a leaflet which will be handed out to parents.
Praising the children for their dedication, PCSO Simms said they had done a 'fantastic' job, getting in to school early and staying late to carry out the survey.
'We raised the issue as a policing priority again at the end of last year,' she added. 'It is an offence to park on zig zags and people can be given a ticket, but we would prefer to go down the education route.'