Motorists are having an important safety message driven home thanks to new signs in Corby.
A total of 30 signs are being put up around the Danesholme, Exeter, Hazel Leys, Kingswood, Oakley Vale and St Patrick’s School areas to encourage parents dropping off and collecting children to park safely.
The signs were designed by Danesholme Junior School pupil Alice Jones, 10, who won a poster competition run in September as part of the Corby Safer Community Team’s Week of Action.
Police have been working with Corby Council to tackle parking problems, including those in Motala Close, where Danesholme Infants School is also sited.
The installation of the first sign followed a police initiative in Motala Close last Monday to make drivers aware of the dangers of illegal and irresponsible parking.
Danesholme Junior School headteacher Neil Blackwell welcomed the new signs and said the issue was discussed regularly at school.
He said: “We hope that the signs make a difference. There’s a free public car park at the end of Motala Close and sometimes there’s almost gridlock in that area as parents cannot get in to the car park and parents can’t get out again.
“There is a lot of tight manoeuvring and it leads to them doing three point turns at the very time children are leaving.
“If we could move parents a bit further away it could decrease the risk of accidents.”
He added: “I know some of the messages go beyond what the children can do, really reaching out to parents.
“One of the posters the junior road safety officers have prepared warns against using mobile phones when driving. We’re very proud of Alice for winning the competition.”
Police, neighbourhood wardens and councillors unveiled the design with Alice on Wednesday.
Corby Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie said: “Irresponsible parking has been raised as a concern by residents throughout our week of actions and is something that we are cracking down on.
“Schools obviously become very busy at the beginning and end of the school day and with young pedestrians crossing the roads it is vital that all cars park somewhere safe that is not going to put anyone in danger.”