Campaign to keep lollipop patrols safe in Hampshire

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MOTORISTS are being reminded to respect lollipop men and women.

Hampshire County Council’s Road Safety Team is advising drivers of the importance of school crossing patrols and that they help adults as well as children.

The Stop means Stop campaign, which aims to reduce the number of incidents where drivers are reluctant to stop for school crossing patrols, is being advertised on buses and broadcast on radio stations across Hampshire this autumn.

Councillor Sean Woodward is the council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment.

He said: ‘Although the majority of drivers respect the work carried out by the patrols, there is still a small but significant number who ignore the law, abuse the service and put the lives of children and the patrols at risk.

‘Not only is it dangerous for drivers to ignore a school crossing patrol, but it is also against the law and they risk a penalty fine of up to £1,000 and three points on their licence.’