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Abuse of crossing patrols

PUBLISHED: 10:40 06 October 2009 | UPDATED: 08:39 01 August 2010

MOTORISTS in Suffolk were urged to be on their best behaviour yesterday following the launch of an annual campaign to stop abuse to lollipop men and women.

MOTORISTS in Suffolk were urged to be on their best behaviour yesterday following the launch of an annual campaign to stop abuse to lollipop men and women.

The month-long 'Stop Means Stop' campaign will run until October 31 and is aimed at drivers who are rude and abusive to school crossing patrol officers.

Officials from Suffolk County Council will remind motorists that lollipop men and women have the same legal powers to stop traffic as police officers.

It follows complaints about drivers failing to stop, threatening and abusive language, and loudly revving their cars when pedestrians are crossing the road.

David Chenery, road safety group manager for Suffolk County Council, said the county's 73 patrol officers played a vital role in ensuring the safety of children and parents walking to and from school.

“They should be able to do this without fear of intimidation and threatening behaviour from inconsiderate motorists. Drivers should remember that if their car journey takes them through a patrolled area they should allow a bit of extra time, slow down and be prepared and willing to stop when requested to do so by the patrol officer,” he said.

For more information, contact the road safety department on 01473 265006.

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