Posted: Tue 4th Oct 2016

Stop Means Stop Reminder To Motorists

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Oct 4th, 2016

Motorists in Carmarthenshire are being reminded to stop when signalled by our school crossing patrol officers. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

With the start of the new school term, the council’s road safety team is launching its annual ‘Stop means Stop’ campaign. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

When a school crossing patrol displays their stop sign, motorists must stop. If they don’t, they are breaking the law and will be reported. They face a £1,000 fine and a minimum of three penalty points on their licence. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

School crossing patrol officers are employed primarily to help children cross the road safely on their way to and from school. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

They are allowed to stop traffic for anyone wishing to cross the road so long as they are operating at their approved site and within their authorised hours of duty. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “School crossing patrol officers have a very important role to play at school sites with high levels of traffic. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The message is simple. All road users must stop when a school crossing patrol officer asks them to do so. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Drivers should allow a little extra journey time if their route takes them through a patrolled area – and be prepared to slow down and stop when requested to do so.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Stop means Stop ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Wherever you know a school crossing patrol operates, please give them every consideration and assistance by: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

• Parking well away from them (they need to see and be seen by approaching traffic)
• Always reducing your speed and being prepared to stop
• Obeying their instructions when signalled to stop
• Giving them time to cross the children safely and return back to the pavement. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sign upside down – not ready to cross children
Sign sideways – barrier to stop children crossing
Sign held up high – ready to cross children. Vehicles must be prepared to stop
Sign extended out – all vehicles must stop ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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