Barrow police operation to tackle illegal parking at schools
Last updated at 16:40, Tuesday, 05 November 2013
POLICE in Barrow will tackle illegal parking in school drop off and collection points in an operation this month.
The main objectives of Operation Spectrum will be to initially educate drivers into the dangers they are placing children in by contravening the yellow ‘clearway’ zig-zag lines and double yellow lines, and by poor and anti-social parking.
Following on from education, enforcement action will be taken for repeated reports that the parking restrictions mentioned are being ignored during school drop-off and collection times.
Operation Spectrum will be led by members of the Ulverston Roads Policing Unit, and will also include officers from the Barrow Borough Neighbourhood Policing Team.
PC Philip Renney, of the Ulverston Roads Policing Unit, who is coordinating the activity, said: “We have received repeated and prolonged reports of drivers placing children’s lives and safety at risk by continually ignoring the parking restrictions that are put in place to protect children’s safety whilst they come to and from school.
“Following the clocks going back which draws the night in earlier, visibility is reduced and the risk to children’s’ safety from vehicles increases.
“It is our intention to highlight these dangers to drivers by initially offering them advice, but this will be followed up by rigid enforcement of the restrictions.
“The over-riding aim of this operation is to increase safety levels of children across the town and to try and ensure that we prevent serious or fatal injury collisions occurring which may involve young people coming to and from the area’s schools.”
Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I welcome this initiative being taken by the police in Barrow.
"Cumbria Road Safety Partnership, which includes the County Council, police and other agencies, plays a leading role in helping to reduce the number of road casualties in Cumbria and anything that supports that good work and reinforces road safety messages is very welcome.”
First published at 16:22, Tuesday, 05 November 2013
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Perhaps we could also have some effort put into the problem of cars parking on the zebra crossing area at the new Tesco on Walney. It is only a matter of time before this causes an accident
Lets hope they do I live outside Yarlside school on Holbeck and its a nightmare trying to park outside my house or even on my drive especially at home times. Not only at this school may I add but also at all the others in Barrow. My Daughter goes to Furness Acadamy and its the same there on the odd time I have to pick her up so im just as bad in that respect although 80% of the time she either gets the bus home or walks with friends. If the council subsidised buses for school kids i.e made it Â£1 return each day from any school this might reduce the number of cars ? Just a thought
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