Rush hour drivers put kids lives at risk

A LOLLIPOP lady is taking her life in her hands daily while helping children to cross the road in Wraxall - because drivers are failing to stop

A LOLLIPOP lady is taking her life in her hands daily while helping children to cross the road in Wraxall - because drivers are failing to stop.Anne Dube, who organises the crossing patrol at Wraxall Primary School, say motorists are often ignoring her as she stands in the road ready to help children cross.Mrs Dube, who has worked as a lollipop lady for the last four years, said: "There have been times when I have feared for my own safety and that of the childrens."There have been a couple of particularly bad incidents where one woman driver failed to stop and ended up mounting the pavement."On another occasion a lorry driver came up very fast behind me and just managed to stop in time."It is worse in the mornings when people are rushing to work and don't want to stop - they seem to think it is optional."The fact of the matter is that it isn't and I am there for a reason, to help children cross what is a very busy road."Police are also aware of the problem and have stepped up patrols outside the school at peak times.They are also warning motorists who ignore the crossing patrol that they could face prosecution and points on their licence and a fine.Beat manager PC Adam Clarke said: "This problem has been occurring for some time and recently has become worse."Motorists are going too fast and are ignoring the fact that the lollipop lady is in the middle of the road."We have implemented high visibility patrols in the area to make it clear to people that they have to stop for the crossing patrol. One driver has already been reported for failing to stop and is now due in court and faces penalty points and a fine.


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