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Schoolchildren aim to stop thoughtless parking outside schools

image depicting Road Safety Zig-zag

Pupils in Swansea will be lying down in the road to help stop parents parking directly outside schools.

Swansea Council's Road Safety Team are working with St Helens Primary School to discourage thoughtless parents and drivers from parking on the yellow zig zag lines which are painted on the roadside at the entrance of school premises.

The campaign will feature a poster which sees schoolchildren dressed in luminous yellow clothing, lying in zig zag shapes on the road surface outside the school gates. They will simulate the painted zig zag lines which are painted on the road outside every school in Swansea. Photographs will be taken of the children lying down and then used as part of a poster campaign.

Many schools have complained to the Council about the increasing number of cars that are using the no parking zone to drop off their children.

Jeff Green Swansea Council's Road Safety Officer said, "The yellow lines painted outside schools are there to prevent cars parking directly outside school gates and help create a safe environment for children who may need to cross the road.

"Many schools are suffering from the actions of thoughtless drivers who continue to use the restricted zone to drop off their children.

"We hope the poster campaign will highlight the issue and make motorists think twice about parking directly outside schools."

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