A council in south Devon is considering issuing school crossing volunteers with cameras on top of their lollipops in an effort to stop parents from parking illegally when they're on the school run.
If you've got little ones of school age and you're in the habit of driving them to school, chances are you've encountered the problem of parents parking illegally. It's likely held you up, majorly inconvenienced you, and possibly even endangered yours or your child's life.
I've written previously about being gobsmacked on a daily basis by the choices parents and carers make when dropping their children off at school. I'll never understand the mentality of parents who put other people's lives at risk just so they can take the shortest route possible from the car to the school gates.
I know what it's like to drop older kids to school when you've got a baby or younger children accompanying you on the school run, too, so I don't buy the excuse that illegal parking outside school gates is all about making life easier when you're carrying a toddler or dashing to the school door while a baby sleeps in the car.
To my mind there's no excuse for illegal parking when you're dropping kids at school or collecting them at the end of the day.
We shouldn't have to waste precious public funds or school resources on deploying cameras outside every school or on every lollipop stick in order to dissuade parents from parking illegally – parents should simply put their need for convenience second to the safety of other families.
Why don't more parents recognise the importance of being a role model for their kids? If you abandon your car on the zig zag lines outside your child's car, totally obscuring the view of other drivers, don't you realise that you're effectively showing your child that selfishness is excusable?
And why should school crossing volunteers be tasked with policing illegal parking? I detest the idea of the lollipop lady at my son's school being distracted from helping him cross the road safely by the need to tackle some lazy parent who won't park sensibly unless the lollipop lady intervenes.
I find it difficult to believe that the kind of parent who parks illegally on the school run would be deterred from doing so by the thought of being caught on camera, either. You surely have to have the mentality of being above the law to justify being an illegal school run parker, so I reckon the threat of being filmed would have little to no effect.
I much prefer the idea of enabling other parents to issue parking tickets to parents who park illegally during the school run. I'd happily sign up for that scheme and would enjoy dishing out a few to those persistent pesky offenders.
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