It will not be detention handed out at the Summerhill school campus from next week, but €40 fines for parents who are parking illegally outside the Portlaoise schools.
New double yellow lines, bollards and extra signage have being installed on the Southern Circular road past the campus, which has over 1,000 pupils in three schools, Gaelscoil Phort Laoise, Educate Together NS, and Maryborough NS.
The safety measures were installed after concerns were repeatedly raised by parents and principals of the schools, over the danger to schoolchildren walking or cycling, with cars mounting the paths and even reversing beside children.
Last year Gardaí mounted a checkpoint outside the school campus in efforts to raise awareness.
There will be a bit of time for parents to adjust to the law, as new parking bye laws will not come into effect until later in the year.
“The parking bye-laws currently being drafted will allow for these measures to be enforced,” said Laois County Council’s director of Services Kieran Kehoe.
Summerhill campus is designed with limited parking, encouraging parents to use ‘drop and go’ zones instead.
Drivers who are collecting or dropping children have also been parking in the Portlaoise Retail Park.