Council warns Llanelli 'rude and abusive' motorists that stop means stop
RUDE and abusive drivers are being warned that stop means stop after a rise in the number of motorists failing to stop for lollipop men.
The safety campaign, which is being rolled out by Carmarthenshire Council's road safety unit in September to coincide with the new term, is designed to help protect school crossing patrol officers.
There were 12 reported failure to stop incidents reported to police last year, and many more reports of abuse to lollipop men and women logged.
County road safety manager Keith Griffiths said: "School crossing patrol officers play a vital role by ensuring school children are provided with a safe route to and from school.
"They should be able to do this without fear of intimidation and threatening behaviour from some in considerate motorists.
"The school crossing patrol team are amongst the most committed group of people that continue to play a very important role in keeping our community a safe and friendly place."
Every school crossing patrol officer is issued with a notebook to record detailed information about any motorist that fails to stop or continues to drive by when it is obvious that they have asked them to stop from the side of the road.
They are encouraged to make a note of the registration number, make, model and colour of vehicle as well as the time of the incident and gender of the driver.
The information is then forwarded onto the police so they can take appropriate action.
"The message is quite simple. All road users must stop when a school crossing patrol officer asks them to do so," Mr Griffiths said.
"Drivers should allow a little extra journey time if their route takes them through a patrolled area — and be prepared to slow down and stop when requested to do so by a patrol officer."
There are vacancies for lollipop people throughout the county including Felinfoel and Llanelli. Anyone interested should contact Rhys John on 01267 228285.