POLICE have warned parents to take extra care when dropping off children after a six-year-old girl was been knocked down outside an Edinburgh primary school.
The accident happened on Thursday morning outside Bonaly Primary School when the child ran across the road and was struck by a passing vehicle, seriously injuring her foot.
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 which could easily have been much more serious.
“Road Safety is a priority for Police Scotland and we have and will continue to work in partnership with the school and partner agencies. 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.
“We have also worked with elected members and Community Safety Officers from the City of Edinburgh Council, who have accompanied Police officers on patrol on the area.
“I would urge all parents transporting children to every school in the city 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.”