OVER the last week (Monday, 17 October to Friday, 21 October) school crossing patrols across Thurrock have been taking part in the Stop Means Stop campaign.
There are 22 patrols across the borough and in the past 12 months every single one has come across drivers who have failed to stop or who are rude and abusive.
The complaints range from failing to stop, driving around the patrol when they are on the road, using abusive language, threatening of physical violence and loudly revving engines while the patrol and children are in the road
To highlight the campaign patrols have been wearing an orange fluorescent and reflective tabard over their uniform and also are wearing an orange hat.
Cllr Andy Smith, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Highways and Transportation said: “School crossing patrol officers play a vital role in ensuring schoolchildren are provided with safe routes to and from their classes.
“They should be able to do this without fear of intimidation and threatening behaviour from inconsiderate motorists.”
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 Europa road safety team on 01375 413386 for more information.