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New CCTV patrol to target parents who flout school zigzag rules

Children are being put at risk by people who park their cars on zigzag lines Credit: ITV News

A local authority is introducing new measures to clampdown on drivers who flout the rules by parking on zigzag lines outside schools.

From September, Southampton City Council's new CCTV-equipped car will patrol the city targeting vehicles that stop unlawfully outside school entrances.

Parents and teachers are set to welcome the move, introduced following complaints and concerns that children's safety is being put at risk by people who park irresponsibly.

The council will also be using the CCTV car to clampdown on illegal parking at bus stops.

We work closely with schools and the police to tackle irresponsible parking, but the problem tends to return once patrols have left the area. We are committed to improving road safety around our schools and at bus stops and we hope the presence of the highly visible camera car will act as a deterrent to those who break the rules and encourage them to park safely and legally.

This initiative is about stopping dangerous parking not about collecting fines so our message is clear - park legally and responsibly and you won’t face a fixed penalty notice.”

– Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

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Widow's support for road safety campaign

Project Pictogram will highlight road safety Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

The widow of a Hampshire man who died in a crash on the M27 a year ago is backing a new road safety campaign.

45 year old Kevin Burton, from Southampton, died in the crash near Whiteley when his car was hit by a lorry and burst into flames. The driver of the lorry was jailed for ten months after admitting he'd been distracted at the wheel.

Rachael says her husband would still be alive today if the driver had been paying more attention.

Project Pictogram will see road safety symbols stuck on the back of thousands of commercial vehicles to remind drivers to slow down, not use mobiles and to keep a safe distance.

Safety tips for driving in fog - worth a read in case you ever come across a sudden bank of fog on the roads

Foggy conditions on a motorway

Parts of the region have been covered in fog this morning - creating a hazard for drivers. The Highway Code gives instructions on what road users must do when driving in adverse weather.

The Highway Code guidance states that before entering fog drivers should:

'... check your mirrors then slow down. If the word ‘Fog’ is shown on a roadside signal but the road is clear, be prepared for a bank of fog or drifting patchy fog ahead. Even if it seems to be clearing, you can suddenly find yourself in thick fog.'

Fog above the Isle of Sheppey in Kent

Driving more slowly, and with greater care may seem obvious, but there are a few more tips that may be useful. The Basingstoke-based AA have compiled a list of advice for people who may have to drive in fog. Among the tips put forward are:

  • Familiarise yourself with your front & rear fog lights - know how to switch them on and off

  • Beware of other drivers not using headlights

  • Be able to stop within the distance you can see clearly - particularly important on motorways & dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.

Advice forum created for older drivers

Road safety experts from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have come together to produce an advice forum for older drivers to stay safe.

The forum (www.olderdriversforum.com) offers information to older drivers and their friends and family.

To highlight the types of issues the older driver may encounter, the forum is running an Older Driver Awareness Week from Monday 23rd September to Saturday 28th September at various locations across the county.

The scheme comes after an increase in collisions on the road involving drivers over 70.

The forum is also launching several videos about the support available to older drivers.

The Older Drivers Awareness events will provide guidance and advice as well as eyesight tests, renewing licenses and how to stay independent without a car.

Cyclists' plea to make roads safer

Cycling campaigners are hoping the Government will give the go ahead on funding to improve road safety. An all party report highlights cycling blackspots across the South and says more people would use bicycles if conditions improve.

Sally Simmonds has been talking to Chris Sole, who had a bicycle accident, Edmund King, President of the Automobile Association and Norman Baker the transport Minister.

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Charitable trust campaigns for teenage drivers

Newly qualified teenagers are responsible for 310 deaths and more than 4,500 serious accidents a year. But now a major new campaign for improvements to the way young people are taught to drive is being backed by MP's, motoring groups and police.

Meridian's Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse spoke to Josh Cronin and Eloise Peabody-Rolf.

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