SCHOOLCHILDREN have been put in charge of a new scheme to crack down on dangerous driving and parking outside schools.
Pupils at The Mount J&I School, in Thornes, have been chosen as junior road safety officers to try and address a problem council bosses claim is still rife across the city.
The youngsters, from years 5 and 6, will hold school assemblies, poster competitions, and art and theatre activities to promote road safety around schools.
They will also take part in national road safety events and campaigns.
Wakefield Council’s road safety team will supply them with resources to carry out their role.
In a report to full council this week, Coun Olivia Rowley, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said parents were still putting children in danger by parking on double-yellow lines and zig-zag markings outside schools.
She said: “It appears that no amount of bollards, barriers, signing, lining and enforcement will stop parents from trying to get as near to the school drop off and pick up point.
“It is really important that we educate our children on the importance of road safety. By becoming a junior road safety officer pupils will help look after their friends and family when crossing the road and take part in fun activities that will reiterate key road safety messages.
“Hopefully by engaging young people, parents and carers will follow their example and think about children’s safety when parking or driving near schools.”