Offaly gardaí issue warning to parents over 'irresponsible' school parking
Gardaí in Offaly have issued a serious warning to parents of schoolchildren who park illegally and unsafely as they drop them off and pick them up from school in the county.
The issue has arisen at multiple schools in the county, and is continually flagged as a serious problem at all schools in Edenderry in the north of the county.
Other parents and road users have complained of cars abandoned on double yellow lines, too close to pedestrian crossings, pulled across driveways in built-up areas, and generally parked without regard for the safety of others.
Now, Laois-Offaly Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt. Graham Kavanagh has said, "parents need to be responsible when dropping their children off at schools and park legally and safely."
"Teachers, Gardaí and RSA are regularly teaching children the road safety message only for their parents to then to break laws in plain sight of their own kids," he continued.
He said as well as parking correctly, parents need to refrain from "using mobile phones while driving" before someone gets hurt. He also warned, "kids should be never taken out of a car or let get out of a car on the roadside while parked."
"They [the children] are taught to use the safety crossing and parents should encourage and lead by example. They should be their kids' role models," he added.
Sgt. Kavanagh said enforcement is happening and that gardaí will be looking out for such behaviour and taking action accordingly.