Rogue parkers have been warned they are endangering children’s lives near north-east primary schools.
Two safety initiatives have been launched in Aberdeenshire to keep children safe when they are being dropped off and collected from school.
Aberdeenshire Council and the Garioch and North Marr Community Safety Group are steering similar schemes aimed at parents doing the school run.
Park Smart, a year-long campaign run by the local authority, has begun at Kellands Primary School in Inverurie, with plans to launch at other primary schools.
The trial at Kellands will see banners put up and leaflets distributed to urge parents to be more considerate when parking. Concerns were raised over drivers parking on double yellow lines and blocking staff car parks at the school.
PC Steve Middleton, who was at the scheme’s launch, said: “At Kellands there are double yellow lines and most people tend to park safely and arrive early. However, the same people come in and endanger the children’s lives by parking selfishly on the double yellow lines. Those people keep reoffending and we don’t want an accident to happen.”
Councillor Ron McKail, chairman of the Community Safety Group, says the campaign will also see banners displayed outside schools where there are parking problems.
He added: “It is clearly a problem that parents are not parking safely and so the idea of this scheme is that children have been involved in a programme where they have been encouraged to park safely and we hope this message is being taken home.”