|Stop means stop!
This week sees the launch of Greater Manchester's 2005 campaign to remind all road users that the crossing patrolís 'Stop' signs mean just that.
There are over 100 crossings around Wigan borough (though the council doesnít have to provide any patrols), but in the last year alone council patrollers have lost over 370 days on duty because of injuries in the course of their work. And in recent years, a number of patrol staff have been involved in hit and run incidents, as well as enduring dangerous driving when they are operating their crossings.
Motorists who do not stop for School Crossing Patrols could be fined up to £1,000, receive three penalty points or be disqualified. Worse still, they may kill a child.
Road Safety Manager Julie Dagnall says:
"We are working hard to ensure children are protected. We are asking drivers to leave a safe gap between their vehicle and the patrol whilst pedestrians are crossing only move off once the patrol is back on the pavement."
"All drivers should respect the important role our School Crossing Patrols have in helping children cross safely to and from school. Their 'Stop' signs really do mean stop!"
Julie is taking this message to all the boroughís schools. She reminds drivers that itís the law to stop when they see the sign. And as patrols are also obliged to help people other than schoolchildren - particularly vulnerable pedestrians - drivers should be prepared for them to stop traffic to allow adults to cross safely as well.