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Not your everyday traffic wardens

Eye, Suffolk. Year 6 pupils at Eye Primary School who are monitoring car parking outside their school as Junior Road Safety Officers pictured from left Rupert Hunter, SHannon Holmes, Imogen Rossell and Geogina Creasey ANL-140521-131704001

Eye, Suffolk. Year 6 pupils at Eye Primary School who are monitoring car parking outside their school as Junior Road Safety Officers pictured from left Rupert Hunter, SHannon Holmes, Imogen Rossell and Geogina Creasey ANL-140521-131704001

Children at a north Suffolk primary school have taken on the task of tackling problem parking outside their building before and after the school day.

Four Year 6 pupils at St Peter and St Paul Primary School in Church Street, Eye, have come up with the concept of a ‘parking patrol.’

The group, who are all Junior Road Safety Officers, go out two or three times a week, handing out their own parking tickets to adults whose parking may cause danger.

The tickets warn drivers not to park in that particular spot in the future.

According to the group, some parents drop off on yellow lines, park directly outside the school, and reverse out of driveways despite being unable to see.

Georgina Robinson, a higher level teaching assistant at the school and leader of the JRSOs, said while there had not been any accidents, there had been some ‘near misses’ outside the school.

Mrs Robinson added they would run the scheme until the end of the academic year.

“The children really enjoy it. There has always been a problem outside the school with parking and traffic,” she said.

“A lot of parents thought it was purely illegal parking but we are also looking at dangerous parking.

“We are starting to see change. There are still some parents who are not backing us fully but that is not many.”

The Junior Road Safety Office scheme was launched by Suffolk Roadsafe. More than 60 primary schools are currently signed up to the initiative which promotes road safety in different ways.

 

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