Drivers are being reminded to be respectful of the work carried out by the dedicated group of lollipop men and women in Buckinghamshire.
Come rain or shine, the small army of 60 school crossing patrollers are out morning and afternoon during the school term with their trusty STOP signs to help children safely reach school, as well as assisting adults across the road. However, a small minority of drivers can be abusive and put lives at risk with dangerous manoeuvres just because they don’t want to stop to let people cross safely.
Examples include drivers using abusive language, not stopping when the patroller was already standing in the road and swerving round the patroller to get past.
The patrollers’ job is also made more difficult by drivers blocking pavements and stopping or parking in inconsiderate locations to drop off their children, particularly at ‘School Keep Clear’ markings and at bus stops.
Buckinghamshire Council is relaunching its ‘Respect Me’ campaign to remind drivers to be more considerate and respectful of the job school crossing patrollers do.
Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘Our lollipop men and women are valuable members of our local school communities and are well-loved and appreciated by the pupils and parents they help.
We know that the majority of drivers are considerate but it seems that a minority are choosing to ignore the Highway Code and could be putting lives in danger. We will always have a zero-tolerance approach to behaviour which threatens the physical or mental wellbeing of our crossing patroller staff or which compromises the safety of those crossing the road.
We hope that communities will continue to support their local patrollers to do their job safely. We need drivers to be patient and considerate – after all it’s only asking for a few seconds to ensure everyone crosses safely.‘
Drivers must stop when they are shown the STOP ‘lollipop’ sign; failing to do so when requested can lead to a £1,000 fine, three penalty points and disqualification. Vehicles must also remain stationary until the pole has been lowered and the patroller is back on the pavement.
To report any incidents involving School Crossing Patrollers, residents are asked to contact:
- Aylesbury Vale and Wycombe (West) : Corinne Randall on 01296 383 432
- Chiltern & South Bucks and Wycombe (East) : Georgina Longley on 01494 586 639
*Source of information : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.