THIS chalk outline near the gates of a Feltham primary school illustrates the potentially fatal consequences of inconsiderate driving.
Teachers at Sparrow Farm Infant & Nursery School took the extraordinary step of mocking up a death scene in a bid to ram home the message to parents.
They got youngsters to draw round the body of a fellow pupil and even placed flowers on the pavement to make the crash scene look as realistic as possible.
The school lies at the end of Denham Road, which is a cul-de-sac. Staff are tired of parents driving to the bottom of the street and turning round, simply to save a short walk, when dropping off their children.
Repeated warnings about the danger to other pupils, not to mention the inconvenience to those living in the street, have fallen on deaf ears.
Sarah Macrae, business manager at the school, admitted mocking up death scene was an extreme step to take but said staff felt it was their only option.
"This has been going on for years and the road's so narrow drivers often have to mount the pavement to get past one another, which isn't safe," she told the Chronicle. "We constantly ask parents to walk down this road with their children, rather than driving, whether it's via the newsletter or in person outside the gates, but it has no effect.
"We told all the children what we were doing so they could explain it to their parents. We had some parents coming in quite upset, asking if a child had died, but it does seem to have worked. It's been a lot quieter this week."
As well as drawing the chalk outline, staff attempted to name and shame guilty parents.
They posted the licence plate numbers of all 17 cars which had been driven down Denham Road on a single morning to drop children off.
Michelle Botterill, who lives in Denham Road, and whose three children have all attended the school, said she thought the stunt was a great idea.
"When you see the way parents drive down here sometimes, it's quite frightening to think what could happen," she told the Chronicle. "As a resident it's a pain having people park across your driveway but I'm much more concerned about the safety of pupils and children living on the road.
"I'm surprised there hasn't already been a serious accident and if it takes drastic measures like this to prevent one in future then so be it."