School run is police target

Police detected almost 40 offences during a month-long road safety campaign at the gates of Midlothian schools.

During March, road policing and community beat officers were joined by colleagues from VOSA and traffic support wardens to visit all primary and secondary schools as the children arrived.

Officers raised awareness of road safety with children, parents and guardians and VOSA representatives carried out inspections on buses and taxis used to transport pupils to and from school.

Inspector Fraser Jervis, head of road policing in Mid and East Lothian, told the Advertiser a total of 38 offences were detected, ranging from children being unrestrained in cars, taxis and buses to people parking on yellow zigzag lines.

Twenty-three schools were visited over the month, and officers have the backing of Midlothian Council to repeat the initiative in June, when there will also be a push to identify vehicle defects.