Working together for a safer school
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