Claims ‘self­ish’ drivers are risk­ing kids’ lives

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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.” PAGE 16

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

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