Former lollipop lady quit due to dangers of road

13/10/2011 (NEWS)''Michelle Hazzard (40) from Cosham, use to be a lollipop lady along Chatsworth Avenue and Highbury Grove in Cosham. Michelle left the position after she found herself in danger by motorists and would like to see a crossing put in place.''Pictured is: Michelle Hazzard (40) along Chatsworth Avenue in Cosham.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113627-1105)
13/10/2011 (NEWS)''Michelle Hazzard (40) from Cosham, use to be a lollipop lady along Chatsworth Avenue and Highbury Grove in Cosham. Michelle left the position after she found herself in danger by motorists and would like to see a crossing put in place.''Pictured is: Michelle Hazzard (40) along Chatsworth Avenue in Cosham.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113627-1105)
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FORMER lollipop lady Michelle Hazzard is calling for traffic lights to be introduced at the dangerous spot she used to patrol.

The 40-year-old patrolled the junction of Chatsworth Avenue and Dovercourt Road, Cosham.

She resigned in June after a number of incidents which she says left her fearing for her life.

Despite wearing the full bright yellow reflective outfit, Michelle says she was almost hit on a number of occasions, and drivers would get out to apologise, claiming they had not seen her.

She says motorists would rev their engines and creep forwards while she helped children over the road.

In one incident a driver was so impatient that they drove right under her arm as she tried to stop the traffic.

The resident of Colwell Road, Cosham, said: ‘The road users around there are awful.

‘Speeding is a real problem and they have terrible attitudes.

‘I was only there for four months because it was too much for me – I almost got run over on a weekly basis.

‘Because the junction I was on is a crossroads, people only seem to look in the direction they need to pull out and it’s really dangerous.

‘There needs to be a proper crossing there with lights, because the drivers just don’t seem to pay attention to lollipop patrollers.’

Craig Riggler, 29, of Hawthorn Road, Cosham, said: ‘It’s only supposed to be 20 mph on Chatsworth Avenue but they go down it at about 40 pmh. There needs to be cameras put up to stop them.’

The calls come after nine-year-old Owen Dewis was hit by a taxi after stepping out onto the road on Wednesday morning, yards from the spot Michelle used to patrol.

The youngster is recovering in Queen Alexandra Hospital with a broken nose and arm.

In that case there is no suggestion that the driver was to blame.

Council’s assistant head of transport and environment Pam Turton said: ‘On receipt of the police accident report, we will review this site and undertake any mitigating measures as appropriate.

‘In the meantime, we’re continuing to actively recruit a school crossing patroller for this location.

‘We’re continually monitoring the network to identify priority areas for crossings within constrained financial circumstances.

‘Feedback from residents helps us to build up a picture of the streets to enable us to spend money in the highest priority areas.’