MUMS are naming and shaming drivers who park badly outside schools.
The group of parents all have children who go to either Horndean infant or juniors in Merchistoun Road, and say they were forced into action because of fears for their children’s safety.
They have set up a page – People Who Park Like Prats – on Facebook to name and shame the drivers. It already has more than 300 likes.
They then take photos of examples of bad parking and leave a note on the car telling the drivers they will be publicly embarrassed on the site.
And the schools say they sympathise with the parents.
Because of the nature of the site the mums wish to remain anonymous.
A 45-year-old mum-of-three who helped set it up said: ‘I have three boys, we live a mile from the school and we walk. Quite a few of us do.
‘The only time we’d drive is if it’s raining. We all became fed up with the parking from parents who dumped their cars on yellow lines, junctions and the zig-zags.
‘We take photos as discreetly as possible because people can be quite aggressive. I have been involved in a couple of road-rage incidents.
‘One woman yelled at me “what are you looking at?” I told her she was parking illegally on the yellow zig-zags.
‘She got in her car, followed us up the road, and did not see my son on his scooter when she swerved in to try to stop us walking away. She nearly ran my son over. People don’t take to it kindly.’
Despite the risk of abuse from drivers the group says the outcome is worth it.
‘It definitely makes a difference,’ said one mum.
‘This has been driven by a real concern that there could be a serious accident.
‘And it’s so pointless because there is so much parking nearby – including the Colonial Bar.
‘We can’t get over people who would rather drive around and around for 10 minutes looking for somewhere to park when they could park half a mile away and walk it. I can’t believe the laziness and disregard for people’s safety.’
The yellow zone close to the schools has been repainted and extended with two more notices warning people not to park there.
The schools say they are looking into what else they can do to deter bad parking.
Lou Bundy, acting headteacher at Horndean Juniors, said: ‘I understand the parents’ concerns.’
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