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School parking madness

PUBLISHED: 16:58 14 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 11 August 2010

A PARENT has had her foot run over in the latest example of school parking madness. The incident happened after she asked a motorist to move their car when she noticed that they had parked on the zigzag lines outside Beam Primary School in Oval Road Nort

A PARENT has had her foot run over in the latest example of school parking madness.

The incident happened after she asked a motorist to move their car when she noticed that they had parked on the zigzag lines outside Beam Primary School in Oval Road North.

The incident follows many near misses outside schools across the borough, causing many people to believe it is just a matter of time before a child gets seriously hurt.

Gaynor Lethbridge, a parent governor at Beam Primary said: "It is absolutely atrocious outside the school each morning and afternoon.

"We have to have teachers and volunteers at the gates, reminding parents where they can and can't park their cars.

"In this case the woman who was injured was a volunteer and a parent. She asked this driver to move and when he did drive off, he ran over her foot.

"We are seriously worried for the safety of the children here because of the terrible driving and parking that goes on .

"We have had community police officers down on numerous occasions, but they can't be here all the time; and when they go the bad parking and driving starts all over again."

There have been reports of a number of near misses outside schools; earlier this year the POST told how one parent was hit by a vehicle.

Beam launched a poster campaign last year, to remind people to drive safely.

Pupils, teachers and parents stood outside the school holding banners with the message 'Keep our children safe.'

Mrs Lethbridge added: "The campaign had quite a good effect last year, and I think we will have to do it again this year.

"We have to remind people that they can't park irresponsibly or take chances near schools when children's lives are at risk.

"We are just so concerned that if this situation is allowed to continue then it will be just a matter of time before a child gets hurt.

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