School parking warning for drivers

A banner urging safe parking was displayed at Newburgh Mathers Primary School on Monday
A banner urging safe parking was displayed at Newburgh Mathers Primary School on Monday

Police are continuing a crackdown on illegal parking around Aberdeenshire schools.

Newburgh Mathers Primary is the latest to flag up a reminder to motorists about the importance of parking safely.

Following concerns about vehicles being parked around the school, officers visited the primary on Monday.

Sgt Scott Mackay, from the local community policing team, reminded drivers of their responsibility that while dropping off or collecting their children from school they must park in a safe and legal manner.

He said: “This includes ensuring that your vehicle is clear of any junctions, is not in any way obstructing other road users and is not parked on any double yellow lines or areas which have zig-zags present.

“Parking in a manner which could be deemed as unsafe, illegal or dangerous not only causes issues for other road users but raises serious safety concerns for children and adults, particularly when crossing the road between other cars where their vision may obstructed.

“As part of Operation CEDAR, officers from the Formartine Community Policing Team will be patrolling in and around local schools at specific times and will robustly deal with any drivers who are found to be breaking the law.

“In addition, officers will routinely deploy large signs at schools throughout our area to serve as a reminder to drivers.”

Newburgh Mathers head teacher Anne Craig said: “Parking at and nearby the school is an issue and I am appreciative of the support that the police are providing to ensure the safety of our pupils at the school.

“I would urge parents to park responsibly to ensure that all our children can come to school safely. We will continue to support police.”

Anyone wanting to report drivers for inconsiderate or dangerous parking or any other road traffic offences should contact Police Scotland on 101.