Speeding motorists are being targeted following a number of ‘near misses’ with school pupils.
Officers at Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team are stepping up their action and warning drivers to take extra care on a busy road.
Our priority is the safety of all pedestrians and road users, but particularly children walking to and from our local schoolsNeighbourhood Pc Paul Mckenzie
Concerned parents have made complaints about drivers using Seatonville Road in Monkseaton.
A number of reports of ‘near misses’ have been made about the crossing near the roundabout junction of Seatonville Road and Cauldwell Lane.
The well used road leads to several schools – including Langley First, Woodlawn, Star of the Sea RC Primary, and Monkseaton High – and nearby paths and crossings are used by hundreds of pupils.
And patrols have also been stepped up further along Seatonville Road outside Monkseaton High School.
Neighbourhood Pc Paul Mckenzie has been working with the schools and partners to improve road safety and has carried out spot speed checks in the area using portable devices in order to educate drivers about the issue.
He said: “Our priority is the safety of all pedestrians and road users, but particularly children walking to and from our local schools.
“We are working closely with schools, local residents and partners to safeguard pedestrians both young and old and to promote road safety.
“Both excess speed and lack of attention can result in tragedy. We would ask motorists to drive cautiously at all times, especially along this stretch of road, paying particular attention to key crossing points.
“Inconsiderate parking near to schools also causes potential dangers for children making their way to and from school, as well as creating difficulties for other motorists.
“We would ask motorists to ensure that they park legally and with due consideration to local residents.”
Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: “Local officers, including motor patrols officers, are carrying out regular patrols in this area and where necessary they will take robust action against those who are driving at excess speed or without due care and attention.”
The extra patrols and partnership working has been welcomed by Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
She said: “Addressing local road safety concerns is a priority for me and I’m pleased to see the police are working with the schools and parents to tackle this particular issue which has been raised as a concern to them.
“Parents are quite rightly concerned at people travelling through the area at excess speed or without paying full attention, to several schools.
“It goes without saying that their actions puts everyone in danger and this message needs to be reiterated to them by our officers.
“I encourage all efforts to promote road safety on our roads by our officers and I hope residents who have spoken to them are encouraged by the activity being carried out.”