New project aiming to tackle inconsiderate parking outside Northampton primary schools


Police officers will be outside a Northampton primary school tomorrow (Wednesday) as part of a crackdown on inconsiderate parking.

Officers from the joint Safer Roads Team (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service), and Northamptonshire Highways, will be giving out safety packs to children and safer parking leaflets to parents outside Bridgewater Primary School.

The aim of the project is to educate school children about road safety, to tackle inconsiderate parking outside schools, and persuade parents of the benefits of driving less.

Safety guidance will also be given to pupils and parents on subjects such as avoiding parking on zig-zag markings, choosing the safest places when crossing the road, and always allowing for emergency vehicle access.

During the school visits, the team’s members will be handing out high visibility arm bands, to help children be seen when they are out and about.

Other work with schools will include a speed camera awareness session in which officers will work with pupils to track the speed of passing traffic, in order to highlight the danger of speeding and to raise awareness that most collisions happen in areas where the speed limit is 30mph.

Sara Postlethwaite, Engagement Team Leader from the Safer Roads Team, said: “It is important that children start thinking about road safety messages from a very young age, and we really want to educate them in taking simple measures such as dressing in bright clothing and, where possible, using high visibility bands so they can be seen by drivers, in order to protect themselves as pedestrians.

“Parking problems are such an issue for many schools in the county, so we are using Road Safety Week as a good opportunity to engage with parents and raise awareness of some of the hazards for children and other pedestrians and drivers if unsafe parking is practised in close proximity to schools.”

Road Safety Week is an event run by the national road safety charity, Brake. This year it runs from November 23 to 27.