Bexley’s school crossing patrols (SCPs) took to the Broadway in Bexleyheath on 25 May to promote their ‘Stop Means Stop’ campaign.
The borough has 32 SCPs, helping children to get to and from school safely. Since 2001 SCPs have also had the power to help adults cross the road.
The campaign looks to remind drivers that there is a legal requirement to stop when the SCP sign is held upright – and to remain stationary until the patrols themselves have also reached the safety of the pavement.
Bexley Council says its SCPs have faced incidents where drivers speed up to try and avoid being held up – or come to a halt, only to start moving again as soon as the children have passed their car bonnet.
The council’s road safety team adds that it is vital that vehicles remain stationary until the crossing is complete, because children can drop things when crossing the road and suddenly turn back to pick them up – putting them at risk if a car has started to move forward too soon.
As part of the #StopMeansStop campaign SCPs handed out leaflets and lollipops to drivers on the Broadway.
If you are interested in becoming a SCP in Bexley, call 0208 303 7777 and ask for road safety or email Bexley’s road safety team.
01 June 2016