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Motorists Urged To Stop At The Lollipop


8:09am 18th September 2014

As the school year begins North Yorkshire’s motorists are urged not to put lives at risk after a driver was fined for failing to stop at a school crossing patrol.

The driver, who also lost licence points in Northallerton magistrate’s court last week, had swerved around a patrol officer earlier in the year, driving onto the wrong side of the road.  The patrol officer was stood in the middle of the road with her lollipop sign, helping children to cross. However school crossing patrols have already reported a number of incidents at the start of this school year where drivers have ignored the patrol’s stop sign and speed limits.

North Yorkshire County Council’s road safety team, along with North Yorkshire Police, are now calling on motorists to remember their responsibilities towards road safety, especially around children, and to remember the following key points: Stop means STOP!  Drivers must wait until the crossing is clear of pedestrians and the school crossing patrol before they carry on with their journey. 

Patrols are trained never to hold up traffic for longer than is absolutely necessary, but motorists must be patient with them, as they will always wait until the last pedestrian has reached the opposite footway before they leave their position.  It is an offence under the Road Traffic Act not to obey the STOP sign: The patrol officer needs time to get back safely to their side of the road as well - so please don't pull away too quickly;The school crossing patrol, when on duty, is there for everyone, young or old, that might wish to cross the road at the patrol point; Your child may be in the car but someone else's child is on the footway or crossing ahead - please drive carefully.

“We urge motorists to respect North Yorkshire's school crossing patrol team and give them the time to do their job safely”, County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways. “These men and women do a really crucial job at around sixty sites across the county, protecting our school children as they cross busy roads.  Motorists who fail to stop are putting lives at risk.”

 Chief Inspector Nick Hunter of North Yorkshire Police, said: “School crossing patrols play a vital role in road safety and all motorists should adhere to their instructions for the sake of everyone. Risking the lives of children and other pedestrians is completely unacceptable. Anyone who shows disregard for the safety of others, can expect to feel the full force of the law.”

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