MILLIONS of drivers are potentially putting children at risk – as more than a quarter admit they don’t know what the speed limit is outside their child’s school.
O estudo de 2,000 parent motoristas with children aged five to 16 also found six in 10 even had arguments with other parents over driving misdemeanours.
Almost a third (30 por cento) of parent motorists admitted to estacionamento outside the school gates.
Bryn Brooker, head of road safety at dash cam leaders Nextbase, which commissioned the research and quiz, disse: “School drop-off and pick up should be a happy time for families, but instead it’s a time of worry, stress and ultimately risk.
“With so many not knowing the rules of the road around their schools, it’s resulting in 80 per cent of parents reporting arguments every school term.”
Mary Williams OBE, chief executive officer of road safety charity Brake, disse: “The school run carries risks for children for so many reasons including peak traffic times, drivers feeling rushed when they should be focussed on safety, unsafe parking, and traffic pollution.
“It can be even more risky in the darker winter months.
“This survey highlights many dangerous behaviours around the school run, from speeding to engine idling, risking children’s lives and lungs.
“It is vital to have effective road safety measures in our communities to protect children and families and enable us to travel in healthy ways that benefit us all by walking and cycling.
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“We need more segregated cycle paths, traffic free zones and low speed limits across communities to end the carnage on roads.”
Just under one in three respondents (29 por cento) will leave their engines running, emitting fumes while waiting for kids to emerge from school.
Outro 22 per cent have blocked driveways if it means they can get closer to the school gates.
A mais 34 per cent would appreciate dash cams being used to settle disputes, according to the OnePoll figures.
A fifth (21 por cento) have already used dash cam footage to clear up a disagreement about which motorist was in the wrong.
The top reason parents will have broken the rules of the Código da Estrada outside their children’s school was found to be simply wanting to get there quicker (54 por cento).
Contudo, 53 per cent worry they won’t be able to find a place to park, e 48 per cent admit they don’t always pay enough attention.
Despite accepting they sometimes commit their own driving offences, 55 per cent wish more was done to enforce road safety outside their children’s schools.
Just over a third (37 por cento) would like to see larger fines for careless driving and 33 per cent want teachers to do more to dissuade poor motoring habits.
Três em 10 have seen parents being fined – or at least told off – for driving habits around their children’s school.
E um colossal 39 per cent have personally witnessed a crash, or dangerous parking or driving in this busy area.
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Bryn added: “For those who are the innocent party in a collision, a dash cam can be a real blessing as the footage makes police and insurers’ lives so much easier.
“Having evidence to prove that you were not at fault has shown to be the most useful tool. It is also helping to make the roads safer by helping others understand how to drive in high risk areas.”
TOP GRIPES PARENTS HAVE ABOUT DRIVING OUTSIDE THEIR CHILDREN’S SCHOOL
1. Parents/children crossing the road without looking
2. People leaving their engines on while waiting for children
3. Parents/children walking in the road
4. Blocking pathways
5. Parking on double yellow lines
6. Blocking driveways
8. Parking in the middle of the road
9. Parking on zig-zag lines outside school
10. Parents/children walking in the cycle lane
11. Driving down restricted zones
12. Parking outside the school gates
13. Parking in the cycle lane