Ecclesfield Primary School children, Elodie, Millie, Isobel, George and Edward have been patrolling their school gates recently, issuing tickets and warnings to illegally and inconsiderately parked motorists.
Local PCSOs recruited the Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) in response to concerns raised by parents and staff about parking habits outside the school.
The JRSOs hand out their personally designed tickets, whilst warning motorists about the dangers of pulling up in the wrong place as they do their daily school drop-offs and pick-ups.
The action is conducted in partnership with the school; Sheffield City Council’s Parking Services and Ecclesfield Co-Op. The Co-Op reward each JRSO with a complimentary chocolate bar for a day’s work.
The children had a busy day last Friday (3 May) with four vehicles handed a ticket for their illegal parking at morning drop off and five parents advised for parking across residents’ driveways.
Community Support Officer, Mark Raynor said: “It’s brilliant working with the kids and the school to get this message across.
“I think it comes as a real shock to parents to receive such a stern warning about their bad parking habits. They now have a physical reminder, in the form of a notice from Year 4, to park in a more suitable location in the future.”
The Head Teacher at Ecclesfield Primary, Mrs Eagleton said: “Our JRSOs have enthusiastically made a significant difference to reducing parking issues around the streets surrounding our school. I’d like to thank all those involved.”
Parents near the school thought the initiative was a good idea, agreeing that it sends a strong message to motorists.
Mark continued: “We rely on parents to think carefully about where they park. Anyone dropping children off at school should park in a safe place, away from the zigzag and double yellow lines, and away from the school gates.”
If you are wondering about Junior Road Safety Officers in your area, the local policing team is working with schools in the North East of the city to look at expanding the initiative.