#RoadSafetyWeek events at borough schools

Published: 20 November 2017

Parents dropping off and picking up their children from borough schools will be getting advice as part of Road Safety Week this week.

Schools have been invited to take part in the safety campaign, which will see council road safety and parking operation officers visiting schools to remind parents to park safely. 

Vehicles that double park, park on junctions or across vehicle access points or park for longer than the five minutes’ grace period in parking bays and yellow lines risk getting a ticket.

Motorist could also risk a fine if they park on school Keep Clear markings. These help children to see and be seen by traffic when they cross the road, and it is important they are kept clear during school hours.

Officers will also be encouraging people parking outside schools to switch off their engines as part of the council’s ongoing No Idling campaign to reduce air pollution. 

And the council will be working with the Met Police at several schools on a scheme called Junior Community RoadWatch. This scheme was first run during Road Safety Week last year and gives year 5 and 6 school children the chance to use ‘speed guns’ alongside their local police to reduce speeding around schools.

Wandsworth’s health spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “I know busy parents can struggle to park at drop-off and pick-up time, but bad parking causes accidents and is dangerous for children. We’re also keen to do all we can to reduce pollution, especially near schools, and to get the message across to people driving past schools that they must keep their speed down.

“This activity during Road Safety Week will be just part of our ongoing work with local schools and parents to help keep our children safe.”

Wandsworth Council leads on the borough’s Childhood Accident Prevention group alongside St George’s Hospital, the fire service and other local services. Get safety tips on preventing common accidents such as burns from hair straighteners, choking risk from blind cords and more on the council’s Family Information Service.