'Lollipops' safety plea
A ‘Stop means Stop’ campaign has been launched to remind drivers that they must halt for school crossing patrollers.
Offenders face a hefty fine, penalty points or even disqualification, says Buckinghamshire Council.
The county’s 60 school crossing patrollers are out in all weathers, twice a day helping school children and adults across roads to and from local schools. But they are experiencing rising cases of abuse and threatening behaviour from a minority of drivers who are potentially putting lives at risk.
The 1988 Road Traffic Act clearly states that as soon as a patroller raises their sign, even if they have not stepped into the road, drivers must be prepared to stop.
Once the school crossing patroller is in the road displaying the sign, drivers must stop, and not proceed until the road is clear. Drivers flouting the law could face a £1,000 fine, three penalty points and even disqualification.
Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport Steven Broadbent said: ‘It’s not OK to intimidate or threaten our lollipop people, who are just helping children to get to school.
‘Drivers have a clear responsibility under the law and dangerous driving, revving cars and shouting abuse is distressing for the patroller and the children they are helping, and it must stop.’
To report an incident, contact:
Aylesbury Vale and Wycombe (West)
Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe (East)