Rugby school run parents urged to take more time and park safely

PCSO Nina Parish (Rugby Town East SNT), Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Sharon Farrell (headteacher), PC Ruth Eldridge (Rugby Town East SNT), Jeanette Lovejoy (headteacher), Jane Lees (Senior Road Safety Officer for Education & Training) and PCSO Caroline Taylor (Rugby Town East SNT)
PCSO Nina Parish (Rugby Town East SNT), Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Sharon Farrell (headteacher), PC Ruth Eldridge (Rugby Town East SNT), Jeanette Lovejoy (headteacher), Jane Lees (Senior Road Safety Officer for Education & Training) and PCSO Caroline Taylor (Rugby Town East SNT)

Parents on the school run in Rugby are being urged to take a few extra minutes to park safely as part of a new scheme aimed at protecting children.

The ‘Cars and kids don’t mix’ campaign aims to encourage people to park away from schools and ti put children’s safety first.

The project, run by Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Police, has started in Rugby with a number of schools involved.

Abbots Farm Junior School hosted the scheme launch on Tuesday March 3 when banners were unveiled and leaflets were distributed urging motorists to take extra care around school sites.

Advice includes:

Keep your speed down near the school

Don’t park or drop off children on Keep Clear markings

Don’t block off residents’ driveways

Park where children can safely exit your car

Cllr Les Caborn, the county councillor responsible of road safety, said: “‘Cars and kids don’t mix’ puts out a strong message reminding parents to keep children’s safety in mind on the busy school run.”

PC Ruth Eldridge of Warwickshire Police said: “This scheme demonstrates that we are taking this issue seriously and working with other agencies to improve the safety of children at school drop-off and pick-up times. We urge parents to make a few extra minutes in their day to park safely during the school run.”

Abbots Farm Junior School headteacher Sharon Farrell added: “We are always happy to support creative ways to get important messages across to our school community and this scheme complements our ongoing campaign to ensure children can are safe on the roads outside school. We are grateful to the council and the police for their ongoing support which helps us to do this.”

For more information about road safety initiatives at Warwickshire schools, go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roadsafetyeducation.