Staffordshire Police have received numerous complaints about parking issues outside primary schools. Parked vehicles which contravene road signs, restrict or block views or obstruct the pavement cause problems for other parents and local residents and unnecessarily put children (and others) at risk of being involved in a collision with a vehicle.
We are determined to make the roads as safe as possible, particularly for our young children.
We want to start the new school year as we mean to go on. Therefore, whenever possible, uniformed officers will be at schools during opening and closing times and any offending vehicles will be dealt with positively. Where appropriate, we will utilise policing powers, including those afforded to the Police under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 whereby drivers causing anti-social behaviour with their vehicles may be issued with Community Protection Warning Notices.
Can we also remind parents of the following.
The law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions.
All of the above is focused on ensuring that children and other road users in our community stay safe and anti-social behaviour around our schools (in all forms) is tackled.
Please help us to achieve this aim – your co-operation is greatly appreciated.