Claims ‘self­ish’ drivers are risk­ing kids’ lives

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY STEVEN RAE

St Mary’s Lane, next to St Mary’s RC Pri­mary, Lochee, is a pedes­trian zone from 8.30am-9.15am and 3pm-3.30pm on school days.

But drivers are con­tin­u­ing to drive up the nar­row, cob­bled street dur­ing th­ese times — with some anx­ious par­ents claim­ing the sit­u­a­tion is an “ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen”.

Some par­ents have even taken the step of stand­ing on the road to pre­vent cars ac­cess­ing the lane.

Kerry Todd, 37, a full-time mum to Michaela Inglis, five, who started at St Mary’s in the sum­mer, said: “It hap­pens every night — you see cars com­ing up. It’s so dan­ger­ous be­cause you have so many kids all com­ing out at the same time.

“Some of the drivers don’t re­alise, but oth­ers are just self­ish.If there’s an ac­ci­dent it could be fa­tal be­cause the kids just run out when they fin­ish school to see their pals.”

Diane Reid, 37, said she feared for the safety of her chil­dren Skye, Dar­ren and Holly Jones, who are 11, nine and five.

She said: “It’s go­ing to take some­thing aw­ful to hap­pen for drivers to no­tice, I think.

“You’re go­ing to see a bairn hit by a car sooner or later.

“Some of them apol­o­gise and say they didn’t no­tice the signs, but oth­ers are just rude or ig­nore you. They don’t seem to care.”

Nicola Ham­mond, whose son Luca Laid­law, nine, and daugh­ter Poppy Laid­law, seven, at­tend the school, said that the prob­lem had eased when po­lice were in the area.

Nicola, 48, said: “The par­ents fought to have the re­stric­tions put in place and the coun­cil did it.

“We had the full back­ing of the head teacher af­ter we put a pe­ti­tion in — but cars are still com­ing up the street.

“The dan­ger is, since the re­stric­tions went up, kids now think it’s safer be­cause cars are banned.”

A spokesman for Dundee City Coun­cil said: “Since early 2013, the en­tire length of St Mary’s Lane has been sub­ject to a prohibition of driv­ing or­der be­tween 8.30am-9.15am and 3pm-3.30pm.

“It was brought in fol­low­ing pe­ti­tions to im­prove pupil safety around St Mary’s Pri­mary School and the for­ma­tion of a school park­ing and pupil safety work­ing group.

“While ve­hi­cle speed is not an is­sue on St Mary’s Lane, it is a nar­row cob­bled street with two small foot­ways and the prox­im­ity of very young chil­dren to ve­hi­cles is a ma­jor con­cern to par­ents and teachers.

“We would re­mind drivers to heed the signs.” Our­voice

CON­CERNED par­ents have warned that a child could be in­jured or killed be­cause of “self­ish” drivers ig­nor­ing traf­fic re­stric­tions at a Dundee school.

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Par­ents and pupils leav­ing St Mary’s RC Pri­mary School at home time, on to the nar­row St Mary’s Lane.

A car driv­ing up the street and some of the con­cerned par­ents with their chil­dren.

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