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A campaign launched across Cambridgeshire is reminding drivers to stop when they are asked to by School Crossing Patrols (SCPs) at school crossings.

This national road safety week, Cambridgeshire County Council are urging drivers to take extra care when approaching school crossing areas, especially in peak times, as part of the national “Stop Means Stop” driver awareness campaign.

The campaign will be running during November and December and will specifically target drivers who fail to stop for SCPs and place the patrol, children and parents at risk.

Across Cambridgeshire, SCPs cross approximately 7,500 children each day on their way to and from school.

The Road Safety Team at the County Council have been handing out red “Stop Means Stop” high visibility vests that are being worn by patrols at school crossing sites, where the most drive-through incidents have been reported.

Drivers may think they should stop for a school crossing patrol only out of courtesy, however it is a legal requirement to stop, the same as stopping for a red light. Failing to stop can result in prosecutions, with drivers receiving points on their licences, substantial fines and in some cases the loss of their driving licence.

Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said,

“School Crossing Patrols play an important role in ensuring children are crossed to and from school safely. They also assist parents and other vulnerable groups by providing a safe crossing point.

“Our teams do a fantastic job of crossing children safely over busy roads at peak times and drivers who fail to stop puts both their own and children’s lives at risk.

“The patrols play a vital role in community life, and their authority to stop vehicles to assist all pedestrians and particularly young and vulnerable age groups must be recognised by all drivers. 

“Even though incidents of failing to stop are not an everyday occurrence, even one such incident or an accident is one too many on our roads.”

 You can also get involved with the campaign by displaying fliers and car stickers which are available through contacting [email protected].

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