Police launch road safety campaign at Eastbourne schools

Launching the campaign
Launching the campaign

A campaign to improve road safety around schools is being trailed in Eastbourne.

The ‘Don’t Park Here’ Campaign’ was launched in Cambridgeshire earlier this year, and Sussex Police is now launching it in the seaside town.

In the next few weeks the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team and NSL (parking enforcement agency) will visit several schools in the town, talking to drivers about safer parking and where necessary issuing penalty tickets to drivers contravening road traffic laws.

Problems often arise at school drop-off and pick-up times, with some parents and guardians ignoring zig-zags and double-yellow lines.

PC Ted Anderson, Schools Liaison Officer, said, “Parking illegally or inconsiderately not only creates road safety issues, including danger to our children crossing roads, but also causes inconvenience to local residents and undermines the school’s efforts to be a good neighbour.”

So far Eastbourne Police has sent out 400 letters to pupils’ homes and more than 20 drivers have been spoken to concerning safer parking outside West Rise School.