DRIVERS who endanger Solihull’s children with irresponsible parking are being sent a very clear message by one local school.
Pupils from Kingshurst Primary have designed posters and slogans in an attempt to discourage parents from parking outside the school. The pupils with the best designs were awarded prizes and will have their posters displayed at the school gates.
Like many schools, the Meriden Drive premises is concerned about cars being parked on zig zag lines, street corners and sometimes across residents’ drives.
By pulling up in such awkward places, parents are creating more traffic and also put the youngsters at risk.
Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, said: “Parking outside schools can not only be dangerous for children, but also a nuisance to other drivers as the surrounding roads can quickly become congested. We continue to teach children about road safety and how to cross roads safely but to do this effectively, we need the support of parents so urge them to think before they park outside schools.”
In a further attempt to put the brakes on the problem, West Midlands Police and Solihull Council will be hitting the streets and issuing a warning to drivers who ignore the children’s warning.
And it’s not the first time that a local school has enlisted its pupil’s help in the fight against reckless drivers. Youngsters at Robin Hood School, Hall Green recently started slapping motorists with mock parking tickets.