Motorists parked on school zig-zags in Southend to be targeted

Motorists parked on school zig-zags in Southend to be targeted

Motorists parked on school zig-zags in Southend to be targeted

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MOTORISTS caught parking on zig-zag lines outside schools in Southend will be targeted by police and parking officers during a campaign.

Teams from Essex Police and Southend Council’s road safety team are joining forces to send a message out to drivers who park on the lines as the national Road UK Safety Week starts on Monday.

It comes just weeks after it was revealed in the Echo how the amount of motorists given fines for parking on the zig-zags trebelled between 2011 and 2013.

During the campaign, officers will be going around schools in the borough checking whether people are parked on the lines, which breaches the Highway Code.

Anyone caught on the lines will then be spoken to about why they should not be on there while leaflets explaining the rules and safety issues will also be handed out.

Cheryl Hindle-Terry, team leader of the council’s road safety team said: “We need to make it very clear to some drivers that this area is not reserved for them to drop off or collect their children.

“They may be unaware of the potential danger they are causing to their own children and all the other children near the school.

“It is vital for our children to have safe and hassle-free journeys to and from school.

“Many parents mistakenly believe it is safer to deliver their children as close as possible to the classroom door, not realising the risks they are taking for their own children and others.”

Information will also be given about issues revolving around parking on the pavement, grass verges, corners and across driveways of other residents.

A survey released by insurance firm AXA last month showed the amount of drivers in Southend caught on zig-zags rose from 326 in 2011 to 1,049 in 2013.

Reasoning behind the increase has been linked to the use of spy cars.

People caught parking on zig-zags are issued a £70 fine.

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12:30pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Good. Nail the idiots.
Good. Nail the idiots. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 21

12:51pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Rayleigh Rocket says...

That car in the picture is on double yellows not the zig zags.
Just what are the risks to the children of parents that park there, I can understand needing a safe place to cross away from parcked cars, but when you get out of a car onto the pavement or even road side how does the paint on the road under the car increase the risk. Cheryl Hindle-Terry is talking rubbish.
That car in the picture is on double yellows not the zig zags. Just what are the risks to the children of parents that park there, I can understand needing a safe place to cross away from parcked cars, but when you get out of a car onto the pavement or even road side how does the paint on the road under the car increase the risk. Cheryl Hindle-Terry is talking rubbish. Rayleigh Rocket
  • Score: -14

12:52pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

"Reasoning behind the increase has been linked to the use of spy cars."

Oh yes, those cars that are almost impossible to see.
"Reasoning behind the increase has been linked to the use of spy cars." Oh yes, those cars that are almost impossible to see. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 7

1:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Break the law then pay the fine.
Break the law then pay the fine. Jack222
  • Score: 9

1:57pm Fri 6 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Good. make the litttle blighters walk!
Good. make the litttle blighters walk! I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 5

2:02pm Fri 6 Jun 14

the citizen says...

You CAN stop to drop off/load/unload goods on double yellows if there isn't a 24 hour ban. You can pick up and drop off people on double-yellows depending on the sign-age.
"Picking up or dropping off passengers on double yellow lines
Motorists that briefly stop on double yellow lines to pick up or drop off passengers are permitted providing no stopping restrictions are in force."
See http://www.drivingte
sttips.biz/double-ye
llow-lines.html

There are guidelines for parking on zig-zag. They can be found at http://www.drivingte
sttips.biz/yellow-zi
g-zag-lines.html
Generally it is parents who think rules don't apply to them that park on zig-zags. An officer on each gate for a week may help deal with these unthoughtful parents. SHSB entrances in Hobleythick and Earls hall Avenue regularly ignore the lines. A few tickets will has some effect.
You CAN stop to drop off/load/unload goods on double yellows if there isn't a 24 hour ban. You can pick up and drop off people on double-yellows depending on the sign-age. "Picking up or dropping off passengers on double yellow lines Motorists that briefly stop on double yellow lines to pick up or drop off passengers are permitted providing no stopping restrictions are in force." See http://www.drivingte sttips.biz/double-ye llow-lines.html There are guidelines for parking on zig-zag. They can be found at http://www.drivingte sttips.biz/yellow-zi g-zag-lines.html Generally it is parents who think rules don't apply to them that park on zig-zags. An officer on each gate for a week may help deal with these unthoughtful parents. SHSB entrances in Hobleythick and Earls hall Avenue regularly ignore the lines. A few tickets will has some effect. the citizen
  • Score: 4

3:02pm Fri 6 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

Hit these Buffoons hard, in the pocket, and ban the offenders, from within a mile of any school in Essex
Hit these Buffoons hard, in the pocket, and ban the offenders, from within a mile of any school in Essex sesibollox
  • Score: 4

3:08pm Fri 6 Jun 14

RobertFS says...

Rayleigh Rocket wrote:
That car in the picture is on double yellows not the zig zags. Just what are the risks to the children of parents that park there, I can understand needing a safe place to cross away from parcked cars, but when you get out of a car onto the pavement or even road side how does the paint on the road under the car increase the risk. Cheryl Hindle-Terry is talking rubbish.
If you have ever had children from the starting school age up to10 years old you would understand the concerns.
with the best supervision it's amazing how a child can cut loose and run into the road between parked cars (to see a friend, to chase a cat etc).
The object of zigzag lines is to keep the area in front of the school gates clear to prevent this from happening. This is the time when parents etc are saying goodbye to their children and no doubt talking to other parents.
It’s a very venerable time!
Some 25 years ago I tried to persuade traffic wardens to attend a local junior/ infant school in Leigh but either it was too early in the morning for them or they were too scared of abuse.
20% of the parents/grandparents regularly parked on zigzag or double yellow lines to take the children into school. It was the same ones who clearly cared a lot about their own children but couldn't give a **** about the safety of other children
[quote][p][bold]Rayleigh Rocket[/bold] wrote: That car in the picture is on double yellows not the zig zags. Just what are the risks to the children of parents that park there, I can understand needing a safe place to cross away from parcked cars, but when you get out of a car onto the pavement or even road side how does the paint on the road under the car increase the risk. Cheryl Hindle-Terry is talking rubbish.[/p][/quote]If you have ever had children from the starting school age up to10 years old you would understand the concerns. with the best supervision it's amazing how a child can cut loose and run into the road between parked cars (to see a friend, to chase a cat etc). The object of zigzag lines is to keep the area in front of the school gates clear to prevent this from happening. This is the time when parents etc are saying goodbye to their children and no doubt talking to other parents. It’s a very venerable time! Some 25 years ago I tried to persuade traffic wardens to attend a local junior/ infant school in Leigh but either it was too early in the morning for them or they were too scared of abuse. 20% of the parents/grandparents regularly parked on zigzag or double yellow lines to take the children into school. It was the same ones who clearly cared a lot about their own children but couldn't give a **** about the safety of other children RobertFS
  • Score: 3

3:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

RobertFS says...

for venerable read vunerable
for venerable read vunerable RobertFS
  • Score: 0

3:46pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Rayleigh Rocket wrote:
That car in the picture is on double yellows not the zig zags.
Just what are the risks to the children of parents that park there, I can understand needing a safe place to cross away from parcked cars, but when you get out of a car onto the pavement or even road side how does the paint on the road under the car increase the risk. Cheryl Hindle-Terry is talking rubbish.
I think you'll find that the bumper is hanging over the zigzags
[quote][p][bold]Rayleigh Rocket[/bold] wrote: That car in the picture is on double yellows not the zig zags. Just what are the risks to the children of parents that park there, I can understand needing a safe place to cross away from parcked cars, but when you get out of a car onto the pavement or even road side how does the paint on the road under the car increase the risk. Cheryl Hindle-Terry is talking rubbish.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that the bumper is hanging over the zigzags Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 3

10:15pm Fri 6 Jun 14

the25man says...

The camera car is the best for catching those that drop kids off on the zig zag lines as police or wardens can only do drivers one a time.
If traffic is stopped but you let somebody out in order to do that you have parked
The camera car is the best for catching those that drop kids off on the zig zag lines as police or wardens can only do drivers one a time. If traffic is stopped but you let somebody out in order to do that you have parked the25man
  • Score: 0

7:37am Sat 7 Jun 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Let the Police keep traffic fines they issue to part fund the Police.
There would very quickly be a dramatic improvement from all road users and win win for law abiding road users.
Let the Police keep traffic fines they issue to part fund the Police. There would very quickly be a dramatic improvement from all road users and win win for law abiding road users. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 2

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