Seven Kings pupils take battle against speeding drivers into their own hands
PUBLISHED: 15:08 03 May 2012 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 May 2012
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At 10 years old, Aman Bassi may not know much about the world, but what he does know is rogue parent drivers are putting his classmates in peril of serious injury or even death.
This is why Aman and his friends at South Park Primary School, Water Lane, Seven Kings, this week launched a noisy parking protest complete with banners and placards to drive home the message to motorists.
The youngsters are taking road safety into their own hands by protesting outside their school in the hope of catching the attention of dangerous drivers.
Their campaign, which began on Monday, hopes to encourage parents and carers, as well as other car users, to drive and park sensibly and to slow down.
School council vice-chairman Aman said: “Parents are parking unsafely, which could be dangerous for the pupils. We want them to think about the danger they could be causing and be friendly to other drivers.
“I have always walked to school so found this project both important and very exciting.”
School council treasurer Ishika Sharam, 11, added: “Drivers are turning around in dangerous places and we are worried about student safety. We need people to slow down.”
The protest will run for two weeks at three separate entrances to the school.
School business manager Deborah Seago said: “Parking and dangerous driving is becoming an increasingly huge problem for the South Park community.
“A representative from each class is taking part in the protest, which they decided was the best way to get drivers’ attention.
“The situation is dangerous and a member of staff is required to be out there at all times. This is not fair on our pupils, especially for the older ones who might walk to school on their own.”
Parents and carers are being asked to complete a survey to provide feedback on the issues and make suggestions on how to improve the situation.
A Transport for London spokesman said London’s roads are “significantly safer” for children, with a 73 per cent fall in the number killed or seriously injured on the roads since the mid to late 1990s.
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