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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2006, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
'Outlaw' school run parents named
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Parents are under increasing pressure to stop driving children to school
Parents who park dangerously when they drop off their children at school will be named and shamed, a head teacher in Leicestershire is warning.

Sue Bracey, head of St Peter's Church of England School in Whetstone, said tensions ran high because a pupil was knocked over outside the school two years ago, breaking both his legs.

Mrs Bracey said some parents were still parking in a designated crossing area.

Now the school is publishing the number plates of cars seen parked dangerously.

Following the accident, the local council marked out an area where cars cannot park and lowered the kerb along this part of the road.

The special stretch of road gives pupils and parents a "clear-view area" where they can cross safely.

'Appalled'

Now, in a newsletter being sent to parents at the end of term on Friday, the number plates of 11 cars seen repeatedly parking in this area will be published.

"If it happens again, we'll be informing the police and they have agreed to prosecute," Mrs Bracey told the BBC News website.

"What they are doing is blocking the vision for those who want to cross the road.

"It's two years since we had the accident and parents who witnessed it are appalled at the dangers that are still going on.

"They don't want to wait until another child is hurt or killed until something is done."

One mother of children at the school said: "Most of the people whose children go to this school live within 10 minutes' walk, yet many drive.

"The worst live about 500 yards away and still drive their kids here."

According to national estimates, around one in five cars on the road at peak time are "on the school run" and around a third of children are taken to school in the car by their parents.


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