YOUNGSTERS are urging drivers to respect school crossing patrols as part of a county-wide campaign.
Junior road safety officers from Queens Inclosure and Padnell Junior schools, in Waterlooville, are supporting Hampshire County Council’s road safety team in reminding drivers Stop Means Stop.
It comes just days ahead of the inquest into the death of much-loved lollipop man Ray Elsmore who was killed at the Tempest Avenue crossing, in Waterlooville, two years ago.
He died when a car ploughed into him. After two trials, juries could not reach a verdict on whether the driver was guilty of death by careless driving.
The CPS is no longer pursuing the case.
The Waterlooville Neighbourhood Policing Team will be promoting the Stop Means Stop message all week across the area to support the school crossing patrols there.
Inspector Dave Humphries, of Waterlooville police, said: ‘School crossing patrols do a valuable job helping to keep our children safe all across Hampshire in all weathers.
‘They deserve the support of the whole community. The death of Mr Elsmore raised the profile of road safety issues locally, particularly surrounding school crossings, and this has become a community priority for us.’
Insp Humphries added: ‘Motorists need to be clear that failure to stop for a school crossing patrol is an offence and can result in a minimum of three points on an individual’s licence, a fine of up to £1,000, or both.
‘My team will have no qualms about enforcing offences that are brought to our attention.’
Stuart Oliver, 10, a pupil at Padnell Junior School, said: ‘I like being a road safety officer because I like to try to keep people safe.
‘I don’t really like anyone getting hurt through road accident. And I want the lollipop officers to be safe.’