New crossing patrol for Lincoln's Priory Witham Academy
STOP! 60 years on, school crossing patrols are showing no sign of slowing down
Children at Lincoln's Priory Witham Academy are celebrating the news that a new crossing patrol will be introduced at their school - 60 years after they were first introduced to Britain.
Following consultation with parents, teachers and the local policing team, Lincolnshire County Council has decided to recruit a new lollipop person to help children walk safely across Moorland Avenue.
Councillor Kelly Smith represents Moorland division and has led the demands for a crossing patrol to be introduced:
"I have been working very closely with the academy and the local community to introduce this crossing and I am delighted that the many years of hard work and lobbying have paid off.
"I think it will give parents the confidence to walk their children to school, so I expect that it will contribute towards reducing traffic congestion in the area."
Headteacher of the Priory Witham Academy, Andrew Madge, said:
"Our parents and students have long believed road safety to be an issue in this area, so this is a real step forward. We're sure the crossing will be very well used and that can only bring benefits the whole community."
The famous lollipop patrols first hit the streets back in 1953 with the aim of helping children make their way to school safely. Since then, they've become a common sight on our roads, reminding motorists to take extra care and slow down. The School Crossing Patrol Act made them the only people apart from the police with the power to stop traffic. Disobeying their sign can mean three points on your licence and a fine of up to £1,000. Since 2000, they have had the power to stop traffic to help pedestrians of any age cross the road.