Breaking news: Lollipop patrols being ignored by drivers in Honiton

ONE of the most easily recognised and important road safety measures used on busy roads in Honiton is being ignored by dangerous drivers. Lollipop men and women have reported instances of drivers failing to stop for school crossing patrols.

ONE of the most easily recognised and important road safety measures used on busy roads in Honiton is being ignored by dangerous drivers.

Lollipop men and women have reported instances of drivers failing to stop for school crossing patrols.

Five cases happened in just one week - and police in the town are set to visit drivers whose registration details were noted.

So far, nobody has been injured but police aim to act quickly to ensure it stays that way.


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Judith Roberts, who is the school crossing patrol supervisor based at County Hall, witnessed one car fail to stop at the junction of Whitebridges and Honiton Bottom Road.

"When drivers see the lollipop sign pointing into the road they must stop," she said.

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"This is the procedure we have adopted and it is the stop sign for motorists.

"What they are tending to do is to drive around the sign.

"The commitment and courage of our school crossing patrol staff is something that should be praised."

Ms Roberts added: "They face a lot of dangers but they just keep going despite everything."

PCSO Sue Rowe said: "The crossing patrols are very helpful because they are there for the community.

"They do a fantastic job, in all winds and weathers, and their main concern is for the safety of children.

"We will be offering words of advice to those drivers who have failed to stop."

If anyone is interested in being a reserve school crossing patrol worker in Honiton, call Andrew Eagles on (01392) 382000.

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