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  • "of course the issues of parking, speeding, not stopping etc are all separate.......but in my local area, the nature of the road and the huge amount of illegal parking at school leaving time, means that the lollipop lady often struggles to make herself seen because she is forced to choose a section of road to cross where there are parked cars on either sides..........so i may be driving along, and have every intention to stop, but i may find it very difficult to notice the lollipop lady and the people she is getting across the road because of the huge amount of parked cars (she has to step out from behind a parked car) and the sheer number of people generally 'hanging around' the area at that time.........to the best of my knowledge there has never been an accident on that stretch and to be clear, i'm not excusing motorists, we all have a responsibility to drive safely, no matter what else is going on, the bigger picture though however is that sometimes the situations that motorists face is a very difficult one at certain times of the day where it is very difficult at times to see what is going on.........and maybe as some folk on here have suggested, the council needs to adopt a much more holistic approach to school safety......rather than just focussing on one element......."
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"Stop means stop!" warn lollipop men and women

Cllr John Smith OBE, County Council Cabinet Member joins Hindlip CE First School's School Crossing Patrol, Tracey Daultrey, and pupils (from left) Edward, Benjamin, Erin,  Beth and Holly. during last year's National Road Safety Week.

Cllr John Smith OBE, County Council Cabinet Member joins Hindlip CE First School's School Crossing Patrol, Tracey Daultrey, and pupils (from left) Edward, Benjamin, Erin, Beth and Holly. during last year's National Road Safety Week.

First published in News

DRIVERS have been warned 'stop means stop' after a 'worrying' increase in near misses involving school children.

School crossing patrol (SCP) staff who help youngsters cross the road have reported a rise in incidents over the last few months.

Every day thousands of youngsters in Worcestershire are helped safely across roads on their way to school by crossing patrols operating on around 100 sites.

Posters, which show the 'Four Pole' positions detailed in the Highway Code, are on display at sites that have experienced 'failure to stop' incidents.

The four pole positions are: position one (sign upside down) – SCP not ready to cross pedestrians, position two (sign sideways) - a barrier to stop pedestrians, position three (sign held up high and angled into the road) – SCP ready to cross pedestrians which means all vehicles must be prepared to stop and position four (extended out) – vehicles must stop and remain stationary until the patrol returns to the pavement.

Drivers who flout the rules risk three points on their driving licence, a fine of up to £1,000 and a driving ban.

Cllr John Smith, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for Highways, said: "It's difficult to understand why people take such risks and break the law by failing to stop when our school crossing patrols signal to do so. Thankfully, the vast majority of motorists respect the job these dedicated people carry out within their communities but, unfortunately, there are still irresponsible drivers out there putting others and themselves in danger.

"The message is clear. Stop means Stop. There is just no point in taking risks for the sake of a few seconds."

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