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    Rita Jelfs wrote:
    CJH Parking has nothing to do with driving at excessive speed and not stopping at crossings, idiot. This is the issue. Rather than shifting the blame of careless driving, to parents parking where this increases the hazards for other children, drivers need to take personal responsibility for their separate actions (as adults do). I may be annoyed because my vision is affected by parked cars. But If drivers are irritated when expected to slow down entering school zones, this indicates that they have no regard for the safety of children. If police provided a presence outside schools at the beginning of a new term, and this was advised in the Journal, and drivers were issued with fines, selfish drivers would eventually get the message that the police are serious about this issue. Irresponsible parkers should also be fined. Its obvious though, that the Police are not serious about the safety of children.
    Why are you having a go at me as well????? I have NOT made any comment about parking. Have you actually read my post? This is it:
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    "There is just no point in taking risks for the sake of a few seconds." Unfortunately the arrogant and irresponsible drivers amongst us, although a minority, think they CAN do it. I can't see how that mindset can be changed easily. They won't be told, they don't want to listen. What do you do about the terminally stupid?
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    I was commenting on John Smith's statement (that's the bit in quotes if you're not sure) and making the point that some drivers will always take risks, because they think they can. Can you see the words parking or speeding in that? Nope. gmoore has already apologised for commenting on my post incorrectly, for which I thank him. Now, what's your excuse for calling me an idiot?"
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"Stop means stop!" warn lollipop men and women

"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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