Campaign to focus on schools

Road policing officers in Tayside are running a two-week operation aimed at making the areas around schools safer for children, parents and staff.

Beginning at the start of the new school term this week, the operation continues the good work from the previous few years where officers, along with partner agencies, have worked closely to alleviate inconsiderate driving and parking around the areas schools.

Constable Gordon Dickson, from the Tayside Division’s Road Policing Unit, said: “We are here to make the areas around the schools safer for kids to come and go, without them having the fear of being struck by a vehicle driving too fast or parked where it shouldn’t be.

“Officers are asking parents who take their children to school to obey the road markings outside schools, be sensible and keep their children and everyone else’s children safe this term.

“At the end of the day this is their children’s lives we are speaking about, I’m sure any parent can appreciate and understand that.”

This activity will be undertaken in support of the force’s Vulnerable Road Users Campaign that runs from August 24 to 30.

Inspector Brian Poole, head of Tayside Divisional Road Policing Unit, said that the dangers faced by vulnerable road users will be stressed during the operation, with enforcement action taken where necessary.

He added: “The initiative is part of our commitment to making Scotland’s roads safer and to reinforce this message, our officers will be patrolling roads and carrying out additional road checks for the duration of the initiative. They will be taking every opportunity to give advice and, where appropriate, enforce legislation with a particular emphasis on the dangers faced by vulnerable road users.”