Youngsters urge parents to leave car at home on school run

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Youngsters have urged parents to be safe and leave the car at home when dropping children off at school

The campaign was launched this week at Queensferry Primary with pupils driving home the message that parking irresponsibly or illegally can put lives in danger.

All those at school would welcome more parents and pupils walking, cycling and using scooters to get to school to keep traffic congestion and danger at bay.

And that’s why the school’s junior road safety officers and house captains stood in a “silent protest” with banners outside the gates on Monday as parents brought their children to school.

Karen MacGregor, headteacher, said: “It was really good, the local community police officers and children were visible so that all the parents and families could see them.

“I think parents and carers were pleased to see that we were being proactive and encouraging everybody to make better choices.

“There are 410 pupils and 56 nursery pupils at the school so it can get very busy in the morning with buses and everyone dropping their kids off.”

Pupils came up with slogans for the banners: Park away and have a nice day – Dylan Barnes (P2H); Follow your heart and always park smart – Oscar Fawl (P4W/A); Don’t take the car, school is not far. Park elsewhere and show you care! – Olivia Knox (P6T).

The campaign will run for a month and the school is asking all parents and carers to sign up to a Park Smart Pledge.