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Police team up with school to promote road safety

Road safety banner created from the childrens' posters Photo: Police Scotland

Police in Hawick have teamed up with a local school to help promote road safety.

Over recent weeks officers say they have received several reports of inappropriate, inconsiderate and dangerous parking around The Loan and Drumlanrig Primary School in the mornings and late afternoons.

Scottish Borders Council had previously installed signage and road markings to tackle the problem.

A poster competition was then devised by the school's Junior Road Safety Officers, Mhairi Johnston and Grace Gibb, who were supported by PC Dianne Lauder.

The purpose of the competion was to highlight road safety, particularly within The Loan and each class participated by designing their own poster message.

A winner from each class was chosen by Councillor Ron Smith, with six of the posters were then put together to make up a banner with the slogan, “OUR ROAD SAFETY, OUR RESPONSIBILITY”, which was the inspiration of a P7 pupil.

On Friday the JRSOs hosted a road safety assembly to the school where the prize winners were announced and the banner, sponsored and produced by Wilson Signs, was revealed.

"This banner will be on display just outside the school to provide a constant reminder to the children about crossing the road safely.

"It will also be visible to parents and carers dropping off and collecting pupils at the start and end of the day. We want to remind adults that they play a key role in setting a good example to children and show that their actions ultimately determine whether The Loan is a safe place for pedestrians.

"Specifically, we want to target motorists who do chose to park in a manner, which could prove hazardous for the public on foot. Please be advised we will continue to monitor the area and any offences observed will be appropriately dealt with.

"During the assembly the JRSOs highlighted Walk to School Week, which is 15-19 May. We would encourage everyone to take part to ease the congestion outside the school and hopefully they continue this beyond the week long initiative. Walking or Park and Stride is not only safer it has great health benefits."

– Constable Dianne Lauder, Hawick Police Station