Drivers urged to put brake on abuse
A CAMPAIGN is being launched targeting drivers who are rude and abusive to lollipop men and ladies in Carmarthenshire.
The Stop Means Stop campaign follows an increasing number of incidents involving motorists failing to stop for lollipop men and women.
It starts in September to coincide with the new school term.
Carmarthenshire Council's road safety unit supported by Carmarthenshire Road Safety Action Group is launching the drive which will be backed up with radio advertising, school banners, posters and leaflets.
It starts in September to coincide with the new school term. There are currently 72 schools crossing patrols officers working at schools across the county.
There were 12 reported failure to stop incidents reported to police last year.
There were 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 inconsiderate motorists.
"The school crossing patrol team are among the most committed group of people that continue to play a very important role in keeping our community a safe and friendly place.
"The message is quite simple. All road users must stop when a school crossing patrol officer asks them to do so.
"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."
Today, 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 the patrol officer has 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, time of the incident and gender of the driver.
The information is forwarded onto Dyfed-Powys Police so they can take appropriate action.
There are vacancies for lollipop people throughout the county including Felinfoel and Llanelli.
Contact transport officer Rhys John on 01267 228285.