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Kids give drivers red card

PUBLISHED: 14:40 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 23 August 2010

TAKE THAT: A pupil tickets a driver outside the school.

TAKE THAT: A pupil tickets a driver outside the school.

CHILDREN can issue a red card to anyone who parks on their yellow zig-zag lines outside school leading to a fine as part of a new scheme. Four schools in Gravesham and Dartford, with the support of Kent County Council and the police, are warning motorist

CHILDREN can issue a red card to anyone who parks on their yellow zig-zag lines outside school leading to a fine as part of a new scheme.

Four schools in Gravesham and Dartford, with the support of Kent County Council and the police, are warning motorists not to flout "Keep Clear" signs or face a £70 fine.

The scheme was launched at Istead Primary School, Downs Road, last Friday to highlight problems with illegal parking that threaten the safety of pupils crossing the road.

Joining Istead Rise School were Riverview Infant and Juniors, and Manor Community and York Road Junior School in Dartford.

Charles Hibberd, lead member for Kent Highways, said: "Safety is paramount outside schools, especially at busy times when young children are coming and going.

"Drivers who are not taking the trouble to park properly are putting children and parents at risk."

If the initial three-week pilot is successful, it will be offered to other schools across Kent.

Red and yellow cards will be issued to pupils who can wave it at their parents if they park on the zig-zag lines.

Sergeant Nigel Nevard, neighbourhood policing and community safety unit sergeant for Gravesham, said: "We will also be providing high-visibility policing to the parking civil enforcement officers to assist in making the initiative high profile.

"If people don't take heed from the red and yellow cards then they will face the fine, given out by the civil enforcement officers."

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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