Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Stop means stop campaign against selfish drivers

Thurrock Council is running the Stop Means Stop campaign again this year, aimed at drivers who fail to stop or are rude and abusive to School Crossing patrols.

To highlight the campaign patrols are wearing an orange fluorescent and reflective tabard over their uniform and also are wearing an orange hat.

During the last year, the Europa road safety team at the council has received a number of complaints from patrols about the selfish behaviour of some drivers.

Complaints ranged from failing to stop, driving around the patrol when they are on the road, using abusive language, threat of physical violence and loudly revving the engine while the patrol and children are in the road

Changes to the 2001 Road Traffic Act allow patrols to cross adults as well as children.

Cllr Yash Gupta, Mayor of Thurrock, who helped promote the campaign near Corringham Primary School on Monday (8 October) morning, said: “School crossing patrol officers play a vital role in ensuring school children are provided with a safe route to and from the school.

“They should be able to do this without fear of intimidation and threating behaviour from inconsiderate motorists.”

Contact the road safety team on 01375 413386 for more information.

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