PARENTS Approaching Schools Safely (PASS) met recently to reiterate their committment to promoting Child Safety travelling to and from schools in the Tullamore area.
The committee feel as they move into the New Year, they need to highlight again to the community, with the support of the Gardai and local councillors, that the safety of our children accessing Primary schools remains a critical issue.
They said dangerous parking by parents/guardians when dropping off and collecting children from school is a source of major concern and is an on-going risk to the safety of young children.
PASS wish to point out that dangerous parking is a traffic offence.
"The Gardai have outlined that a fine of €40 will be incurred for the following traffic offences, parking on or near a pedestrian crossing, parking on double yellow lines, parking on a set down area, and double parking. This can at times be construed by Gardai to be dangerous parking which can result in a fine of up to €1,500 and/or a 3 month prison sentence.
"We acknowledge there are limitations within the parking facilities around schools. However there will be some parents/guardians who, with some forethought could park a little further away and walk to and from the school.
"Within the limitations of parking that exist, this effort alone could relieve some pressure, thereby making it safer for your children to access their school," said the committee.
In the coming weeks, PASS, Parents Associations and Gardai will be highlighting the existing Road Safety Programme in your child's school.
Information will be distributed through the school to continue to raise awareness and to appeal to parents/guardians to play their part in making it safer for our children going to school.