Police have issued a ‘final warning’ to motorists after dozens of driving offences were reported outside Accrington schools.
Accrington PC Dave Render said he has received a list of 23 car registrations following various incidents outside Spring Hill primary school and another seven registrations from those outside Hyndburn Park primary school.
The offences include cars parking on double yellow lines, obstructing road crossings, adults driving without seat belts and children also travelling without belts or booster seats.
PC Render said the incidents reported are ‘scary’ and also include one person ‘driving while using their iPad’.
He said final warning letters will be sent out and fines and a ‘day of action’ will follow if the offending persists.
The Observer has previously reported how schools across Hyndburn have signed up to a police-backed scheme in a bid to improve child safety . Students are able to take down registration numbers of offending motorists and hand them to police.
PC Render said: “We are getting a lot of emails from local schools about people committing offences.
“It’s got to the point now where we are going to be sending final warning letters out and then start prosecutions.
“It’s one of the main ‘beefs’ people have at the moment and they are emailing me all the time about the lazy and inconsiderate motorists ignoring the law. Local residents have had enough and it is putting other people’s lives in danger.
“The children have been really great and supportive. They are going to be the future motorists and if we can educate them at an early age and make them aware of road safety then we are half way there.”
PC Render said officers have also been receiving help from eagle-eyed residents taking pictures of offending motorists, including one person who clocked 91 different incidents in one day.
The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Observer: “Unfortunately people tend to think they are the only important person. It’s happening every day and I don’t think it will stop unless they are hit hard in their pockets. That might make them think again.”