Work­ing to­gether for a safer school

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Par­ents, staff and pupils at West Coats Pri­mary School worked to­gether to pro­mote road safety.

As part of Road Safety Week, pupils handed out leaflets to en­cour­age safe and re­spon­si­ble driv­ing and park­ing at the school.

Po­lice Scot­land and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil also sup­ported the week-long ini­tia­tive or­gan­ised by West Coats Par­ent Coun­cil.

Isla Net­ten, West Coats Road Safety Week or­gan­iser, said: “Road Safety Week aims to raise aware­ness about road safety and en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to take ac­tion to pre­vent ca­su­al­ties and make roads safer.

“West Coats is a popular school and we would like to thank ev­ery­one for their support in en­sur­ing it is safe for our pupils on their way to and from school.”

In the past, West Coats has had its trou­bles with par­ents park­ing out­side the school and block­ing the view, as well as park­ing their cars in des­ig­nated ar­eas where no ve­hi­cles should stop.

The Re­former reg­u­larly re­ports on calls from res­i­dents of Brown­side Road for the in­tro­duc­tion of speed­ing con­trol mea­sures, which are raised at Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

The school have long been con­cerned with th­ese prob­lems, with Strath­clyde Po­lice of­fi­cers em­ploy­ing a ze­ro­tol­er­ance pol­icy in re­cent years, when they is­sued a num­ber park­ing tick­ets to ve­hi­cles that weren’t prop­erly parked.

Head­teacher Sheila Lynch pre­vi­ously said: “Our ju­nior road safety of­fi­cers are out be­fore and after school. Peo­ple who are not park­ing safely are get­ting a leaflet put on their car or handed to the driver.

“When schools like West Coats were built, peo­ple didn’t have cars and the chil­dren would walk to school, so the roads weren’t de­signed to cope with large vol­umes.

“The pupils them­selves are very much lead­ing this. They would like to be able to give out real park­ing tick­ets!”

Guid­ance Ju­nior road safety of­fi­cers out­side West Coats Pri­mary

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