SCHOOL crossing patrols provide a vital safety role as children and young people cross busy roads on their way to and from class.
At the start of the summer term, Thurrock Council — in partnership with Europa — ran a Stop Means Stop campaign aimed at drivers who fail to stop or are rude and abusive to the patrols.
Drivers are legally bound by the 1984 Road Traffic Act to stop for the patrols.
During the last year, the road safety team at Thurrock Council received a number of complaints from patrols about the selfish behaviour of some drivers.
These range from failing to stop, driving around the patrol when they are on the road, using abusive language, threats of physical violence and loudly revving the engine while the patrol and children are in the road
To highlight last week’s campaign patrols wore an orange fluorescent and reflective tabard over their uniform and an orange hat.
Changes to the 2001 Road Traffic Act allow patrol’s to cross adults as well as children.
Drivers are reminded that if their journey takes them through a patrolled area they should allow extra time, slow down and be prepared and willing to stop when requested to do so by the patrol officer.
Contact the council’s road safety team on 01375 413386 for more information.