Police launch crackdown on bad parent parkers

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SPEEDING motorists in Sheffield are helping to finance projects at Sheffield schools designed to reduce the number of pupils injured by motorists driving too fast, ignoring road markings and blocking driveways.

Police chiefs have been awarded £36,000 from fees paid for speed awareness courses to make it safer for children to get to and from school.

It is to be spent at around 20 schools in areas including Gleadless Valley, Woodseats, Lowedges, Nether Edge, Jordanthorpe, Beauchief and Greenhill, where officers say they are ‘inundated’ with complaints about ‘irresponsible motorists’.

Each school will have tailor-made plans in response to their specific problems, such as more yellow lines.

Insp Ian Stubbs, in charge of neighbourhood policing for the Sheffield South Safer Neighbourhood Area, said road safety issues around primary schools had been causing huge concern for a long time.

“It can be chaotic outside some schools at dropping off and collecting times and as a result children are put at risk.”

He added: “In the past we have sent letters home and tried to educate parents to park a minimum distance away from school and to walk the rest, but these drives have had little effect, so this is a new push to tackle the problem,” he said.

“The project is called ‘It’s Your Child’ because it is aimed at making motorists recognise the risks the cause to their own children when they park or drive irresponsibly close to schools - its about making them take responsibility.”