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Police warn parent parkers they are putting kids’ lives at risk

PCSO Neil Williamson outside St Thomas C of E Primary School, Wyberton, highlighting issue of cars parked on yellow zigzag lines outside school. EMN-140303-180759001

PCSO Neil Williamson outside St Thomas C of E Primary School, Wyberton, highlighting issue of cars parked on yellow zigzag lines outside school. EMN-140303-180759001

Parents could be putting children’s lives at risk with dangerous parking on yellow zig zag lines outside schools, according to police.

Pcso Neil Williams, of Boston West Rural local policing team, said most schools in the area would say they have problems with parking.

In particular the issues centre on vehicles being left on yellow zig zag lines during the period when children are being dropped off for school or collected at the end of the day.

These lines indicate where motorists should not wait, stop or park a vehicle at all.

Motorists who flout these lines present an issue in terms of children’s safety, Pcso Williams said.

He added: “Anything when it comes to children not being able to come out of school and cross the road safely could lead to a potential endangerment of life.

“We haven’t had any injuries that I can think of outside of schools, but the potential is there.”

In most cases, yellow zig zag lines are only advisory.

It means Lincolnshire County Council, which is responsible for parking enforcement in the county, has no power to take action.

Pcso Williams called on parents to think of children’s safety when parking their vehicles outside schools.

He said: “The zig zags are there for a reason – to keep the vehicles away from entrances of schools so it’s safe for children to file out of school and make their way home safely.”

At St Thomas’ Primary School, in Wyberton Low Road, the problem is particularly severe, according to Pcso Williams.

He believes this is due to a number of factors, including the presence of a children’s centre, a narrow section of road which leads to obstructions, and the fact the road is a thoroughfare to Marsh Lane.

The school was unavailable for comment.

 

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