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Stop Means Stop campaign launched

PUBLISHED: 12:48 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 05 July 2010

CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: Stop Means Stop on Suffolk's roads.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: Stop Means Stop on Suffolk's roads.

A NEW campaign is being launched on Suffolk's roads targeting drivers who fail to stop or who are rude and abusive to School Crossing Patrols.

The "Stop Means Stop" annual campaign is being rolled out across the county following a series of incidents in which drivers have failed to stop or who are rude and abusive to School Crossing Patrols.

A NEW campaign is being launched on Suffolk's roads targeting drivers who fail to stop or who are rude and abusive to School Crossing Patrols.

The “Stop Means Stop” annual campaign is being rolled out across the county following a series of incidents in which drivers have failed to stop or who are rude and abusive to School Crossing Patrols.

Suffolk County Council in partnership with other authorities in the Eastern Region have launched the campaign to counteract this problem after the Road Safety Team received a number of complaints from patrols about the selfish behaviour of some drivers.

The complaints about drivers included failure to stop; driving around the Patrol Officer when they are on the road; using abusive language; threatening the Patrol Officer with physical violence and loudly revving the engine while the patrol and children are in the road.

Cllr Guy McGregor, portfolio holder for roads and transport, said: “School Crossing Patrol Officers play a vital role in ensuring school children are provided with a safe route to and from school. “They should be able to do this without fear of intimidation and threatening behaviour from inconsiderate motorists.

“It is a legal obligation for motorists to stop for school crossing patrols and drivers who travel through a patrolled area should add a little extra time on to their journey in order to slow down, be prepared and be willing to stop when requested to do so by a Patrol Officer.”

Suffolk County Council is asking for the help of locals in promoting the campaign by displaying a sticker in your car available free from the Road Safety Team.

Please contact the team on 01473 265006 to request your car sticker or for any further information.

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