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Safety around schools in Dartford boosted with new patrol

PUBLISHED: 12:16 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:16 14 January 2016

Pupils from Temple Hill Primary School next to the safety car

Pupils from Temple Hill Primary School next to the safety car

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The patrol start next week

A specialist patrol car is set to rule the road around Dartford schools in an attempt to monitor safety in the area.

The car will appear at the start and finish of school starting from January 18, using number-plate technology to gather evidence of cars stopped on ‘keep-clear’ markings.

Anyone caught parking illegally will be issued with a penalty notice.

Councillor Jeremy Kite, leader of the council, said, “We’re not generally in favour of camera cars but there are some circumstances where we simply can’t ignore the appalling danger a small number of people are creating.

“Safety around schools is hugely important and no-one wants to hear of a child being involved in an accident from trying to cross the road outside their school.

“The vast majority of people park considerately and safely, away from the zig-zags, but we must stop those who park irresponsibly and illegally, putting the lives of children at risk.”

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