17th Jan, 2019

Solihull drivers warned over not stopping for school crossing patrols

Solihull Editorial 12th Mar, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

DrovDRIVERS who fail to stop for lollipop men and women could be fined up to £1,000 and be given three points on their licence.

Solihull Council is warning motorists they could be penalised if they do not stop for one of the 45 school crossing patrols across the borough.

The crackdown follows a recent spike in the number reports of divers illegally failing to stop for a lollipop man or woman’s sign.

There have also been more reports of motorists not stopping when pedestrians are crossing the road – putting vulnerable road users and children at risk of being hit.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “It is a motorist’s responsibility to ensure that their actions do not put others in the borough at risk.

“Our school crossing patrols are of great value to the community and it is irresponsible for drivers to ignore the legal requirement to stop.

“By ignoring the crossing patrols drivers are breaking the law and targeting some of the most vulnerable residents of the borough.”

Residents who see drivers failing to stop are encouraged to note the vehicle’s registration plate and report it to the crossing patrol, who will pass the information onto the police.

Solihull MP, Julian Knight, added: “School crossing patrols are there for very good reasons to keep our children safe and I urge all motorists to respect them.

“I know life can get busy and we find ourselves rushing around but nothing should be more important that the safety of pedestrians and our children here in Solihull.

“Let’s all respect the stop signs.”

Visit www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-travel-roads/road-safety/school-crossing-patrols for more information on road safety.

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