CHILDREN at Craigdhu Primary are urging parents to park responsibly to prevent a serious accident happening outside their school.
Two junior road safety officers at the Milngavie school, Sandy Godber and Steven Glen - both 11 years old and in P7 - have the responsibilty of educating pupils about safe walking to school and encouraging parents who drive their children to school to drop them off in a safe place.
During the recent road safety week they stood outside the school wearing luminous jackets to get the message across to drivers to park in a safe place and they were joined by police officers from Milngavie for a day as well.
Sandy said: “We spoke to some drivers who had parked on the zig zag lines and told them they should never park there.
“Some parents also park on the kerb and this forces children to walk on the road, which is dangerous.
“One day I was almost hit by a car when I tried to cross between two parked cars and I couldn’t see around them.
“It was a bit of a close shave - the car whizzed past me and it gave me a bit of a fright.
“Some people drop their children off on the speed bump, which is another silly place to choose.
“We’d just like parents to use the drop-off zone properly and not for parking.
“They can park in a safe place a bit further away from the school.”
Sandy and Steven also ran a competition recently with a prize for the pupil who wore the brightest clothes - to increase their visibility to drivers.
And P1 to P3 pupils were asked to design a bright outfit and P4 to P7 to invent a road safety themed board game.
Head teacher Rebecca Murdoch said: “This is an ongoing battle and it’s on the parent council agenda every time it meets.
“We take action to try to tackle it - we have a traffic plan, we encourage walking and cycling to school, send out regular reminders in newsletters and all new parents hear a talk about it on induction day - but it never goes away.
“It’s a minority who cause the problem and they are putting children at risk.”
A parent council member added: “Our worst fear is that a child will get hurt.
“I’m quite surprised there hasn’t been an accident yet as parents park in very dangerous places including corners and pavements.”