Warwickshire County Council is reminding drivers that they must ‘stop for the lollipop’ as part of a campaign that aims to encourage drivers to slow down and stop their vehicles for school crossing patrols.
Also known as ‘lollipop people’, school crossing patrols (SCP) provide a vital service to the community by helping children cross the road safely on the way to school.
Drivers can face fines of up to £1000 and three penalty points if they refuse to stop their vehicle and, over the past couple of months, it has been noticed that some drivers are continuing to break the law.
A school crossing patrol in Lillington has noticed an increase recently in the number of drivers who are unwilling to stop in the area. Plans have been put into action to put up several ‘Stop! It’s the Law’ posters in the area to help raise awareness of the issue.
By law, under the Road Traffic Act 1988, when a crossing patrol raises the stop sign, even if they have not completely stepped out into the road, all drivers must be prepared to wait until all pedestrians have crossed safely.
Cllr John Horner, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “It is concerning that some drivers are still refusing to stop for our SCPs and are endangering lives in the process. We are grateful for the continued support of our ‘lollipop people’ and hope that the ‘stop for the lollipop’ campaign will help ensure that everyone is safe crossing the road.”
Cllr Philip Johnson, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “Whilst the majority of drivers do stop when requested, it is important to ensure that the minority also change their habits and prioritise pedestrian safety. Many of them are probably not aware that stopping is required by law which is why this campaign is so important.”
For more information about school crossing patrol please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolcrossingpatrols