POLICE are asking parents to be considerate to pedestrians, other drivers and homeowners when parking near a primary school in South Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Police issued the plea to people who have children at Hilton Primary School, in Peacroft Lane, as part of a bid to put an end to any potential problems before the new school year even begins.
It comes after the force was inundated with complaints from members of the public about drivers' double parking near the school, blocking the road for other motorists.
PCSO Kerry Waite, from the northwest safer neighbourhood team, said: "The majority of our drivers are considerate, but we do find a few who have caused problems for others with their parking.
"We hope that the few parents who are careless in their manner of parking will get the message that safety for everyone is paramount, whether it is schoolchildren, local residents or other motorists passing through the area.
"The simple solution is for drivers to be mindful of where they are parking and if a road, pavement or driveway is blocked even for a minute, park somewhere else."
To try to raise awareness with parents about the issue, police launched a poster competition.
The aim was for children to draw a poster that helped to inform drivers about their parking and to encourage them to think of safety for everyone while they wait for their children.
Two winners were chosen and announced during an assembly, where a talk was also delivered by officers about safety on the roads, particularly at drop-off and pick-up times.
PCSO Waite added: "The winning posters will be turned into a banner for the school gates adjacent to the zig-zag area and turned into a leaflet that all children will take home to their parents. We wanted to involve the children since it is important for them to understand the seriousness about road safety as well."