Police watching out for schools
Don’t linger on yellow lines and ensure your children know the tenets of road safety – these are key priorities for police as the new school year gets underway.
The public can expect to see more officers around school gates for the next few weeks, as children flood back after their summer break.
Many may still be in a relaxed routine and that, combined with the influx of new entrants, was a potential recipe for problems, said Constable Amanda Parsons.
A police education officer who regularly talks to teachers, students and parents about road safety, she says with more cars back on the road, there are rules that everyone should abide by.
‘‘Don’t stop on yellow lines, even just for a few seconds [ to drop kids off], especially if they’re close to the pedestrian crossing. They can impair vision for people looking to cross the road and a lot of the little ones are not as trafficsavvy as us.
‘‘We want parents to have talked to their children about how they’re getting to and from school safely, and we want motorists to generally be aware when they’re near schools.’’
Both police and members of the school patrols will be noting down license plate details of those who speed or stop on yellow lines.
She also says radar guns will be used in some instances.
Ms Parsons said she would talk or write letters to first-time offenders and issue tickets to those who continue to flout rules.
These school patrols at pedestrian crossings do ‘‘a fantastic job’’ for their community, she says, giving the older students responsibility and protecting the younger pupils at busy times of the day.
Police presence: Expect to see police officers like Constable Amanda Parsons, seen here outside Windley School, around Porirua and Tawa schools in the coming weeks, ensuring road safety messages are getting through.