Harrogate Borough Council has designed posters to tell parents on the school run that ‘stopping on the zig zags is selfish’ in an effort to clamp down on illegal parking outside school gates.
The Harrogate District Road Safety Group has launched an awareness campaign reminding drivers of the dangers of illegal and irresponsible parking outside schools.
They say that traffic congestion caused by parents parking their cars while they drop off or pick up their children has been a long-standing issue for many schools in the district.
Banners with the messages “Stopping on the zig zags is Selfish & Dangerous”, “School Keep Clear – No Stopping – No Excuses” and “School Keep Clear – Don’t Stop Here” are to be displayed outside of ten schools in the district.
Parents are also being asked to sign a parking pledge to support the project, agreeing not to park where there are restrictions.
Harrogate Borough Council Leader Councillor Richard Cooper (Con, High Harrogate) said: “Schools are busy places at the beginning and end of the school day and this does cause a number of concerns for the welfare of young people and parents as they drop off and collect their children.
“This campaign will raise awareness of this issue and hopefully make drivers think about their actions and the potential consequences for other road users and pedestrians – including children. By heeding the warning not to park outside schools, drivers will be doing their bit to prevent accidents and serious injury on our roads.”
He added: “The campaign will also provide the perfect opportunity for schools to discuss the issue of road and car safety with pupils which will raise their understanding and in turn raise awareness with their parents.”
Sandra Langley, head teacher at Holy Trinity Church of England Infant School in Ripon, one of the schools which have displayed the banners said: “We are very pleased with our new eye catching banner and hope that it will make a difference to the safety of our children.
“We have constant problem of a few cars stopping or parking on Trinity Lane at the beginning and end of school day. This causes real problems as it narrows the road and means cars cannot pass each other it also puts pedestrians in danger.”
Schools interested in being involved with the project should contact Julia Stack, Harrogate Borough Council’s Community Safety & CCTV Manager via www.saferharrogate.co.uk.