Po­lice watch­ing out for schools

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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