A driver who failed to stop for one of the London Borough of Bexley’s school crossing patrols has been given eight penalty points on his driving licence and ordered to pay a total of £525.
Mr Ethelbert Obi aged 34, of Bramble Croft, Erith, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop for a school crossing patrol. He was sentenced at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on 17 August 2017.
On 4 January 2017, Mr Obi drove his vehicle past the school crossing patrol operating on Lower Road, Belvedere, while the patrol was in the middle of the road, clearly displaying his stop sign.
A parent and young child were crossing the road at the time and he narrowly missed them. The car struck the patrol’s stop sign and carried on driving without stopping.
Obi was told by the magistrate: “You are lucky I am not disqualifying you. A serious aggravating factor in this case is the fact that you were driving in a region of a school.”
He was fined £400 and ordered to pay a £40 surcharge and £85 costs.
Cllr Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for traffic and transport, said:
“Our school crossing patrols do a fantastic job at helping to keep Bexley’s children safe on their way to and from school. I am pleased the judge has recognised the importance of keeping our staff safe as well as the people they are there to help.
“We recently ran a Stop Means Stop Campaign to highlight the need for drivers to stop and remain stationary when our patrols are displaying their stop signs to oncoming traffic. Hopefully this prosecution will make other drivers think twice about not stopping when required by a lollipop person.”
23 August 2017