TEACHERS and police are urging parents to put children’s safety first - and to stop dangerous and illegal parking around schools.

Across Surrey, an average of 50 schoolchildren every year suffer injuries (both serious and slight) within 250 meters of schools gates, during school pick-up and drop-off times.

Surrey Police, schools, and Surrey Heath Borough Council have joined forces to help tackle the problem. Surrey Heath parking officials have been making more regular visits to schools, both to fine cases of bad parking and to educate parents, issuing 13 penalty notices and 32 warnings in the winter term alone. Most of the penalty notices were for parking on yellow or zig-zag lines.

When possible, officers from Surrey Police will be joining them, to ensure more coverage.

Inspector Bob Darkens of Surrey Heath Police said: “Where the police are able to support the civil enforcement officers, we will attend schools to crack down on dangerous parking.

“We encourage all Surrey Heath residents to park safely and legally at all times – but especially around schools.”

Cllr Bill Chapman, of Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “New parking restrictions have been installed outside more schools to improve road safety. However this does not help if parents ignore these restrictions.

“The civil enforcement team cannot be outside every school every day – so they need the assistance of parents to help make improper parking outside of schools unacceptable.”

For more information visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/parking