Drop-off warning after Bonaly pupil hit by car

Bonaly Primary School. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Bonaly Primary School. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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POLICE have urged parents to take care dropping children off after a six-year-old girl was knocked down by a car outside a primary school.

The youngster was struck outside Bonaly Primary School, Colinton, yesterday and is receiving treatment after seriously injuring her foot.

The injury – which police said “could easily have been much more serious” – comes a year after headteacher Laurinda Ramage issued a letter warning parents about safety issues around parking at peak times.

Sergeant Robert Mackenzie, of the Colinton Fairmilehead Community Policing Team, said: “This was an upsetting incident which may have been avoided had parents observed parking restrictions and only allowed children to use identified safe crossing areas near the school.

“As the child ran out from behind a van, the passing motorist had no chance of seeing them due to the height of the van, and the result was a child being knocked down –but it could easily have been much more serious.

“We have previously monitored the traffic flow and spoken to drivers dropping off and picking up children at the start and finish of the school day, and will continue to do so.

“I would urge all parents to exercise the utmost caution and to follow parking regulations. They are there for a reason, and that is to make the areas around schools as safe as possible.”

In response to this latest incident, the headteacher has also sent out another letter warning parents to adhere to parking restrictions and road markings.

In it she said: “We regularly engage children in road safety education and in the 
importance of keeping themselves safe. Please be assured that we will be reinforcing this activity in the days ahead.”

It was only in March last year that she asked parents to “park safely and sensibly” because “the safety of our children is paramount”.

This latest incident comes less than four months after vehicles were banned altogether from three roads leading to primary schools in the East Lothian town of Haddington at drop-off and pick-up times.

Ken Cunningham, general secretary of School Leaders Scotland, said: “This is a timely warning to parents in particular to be ultra cautious, and to headteachers to reiterate the warning messages to parents to be around schools.”

Lindsay Law, parent representative on the city council’s education, children, and families committee, suggested parents park in a safer place and walk their children the rest of the way.

john.connell@edinburghnews.com