Carmarthenshire Council has launched its annual ‘Stop Means Stop’ campaign, reminding motorists they must stop when signalled by a school crossing patrol (SCP) officer.
Carmarthenshire Council is using the campaign – which launched on Wednesday (30 August) in the lead up to the start of the new school year – to remind drivers that if they fail to stop they could face a £1,000 fine and a minimum of three penalty points on their licence.
Cllr Hazel Evans, executive board member for the environment, said SCPs ‘have a very important role to play in keeping our community safe’.
While SCPs are employed primarily to help children cross the road safely on their way to and from school, they are also allowed to stop traffic for anyone wishing to cross the road so long as they are operating at their approved site and within their authorised hours of duty.
Carmarthenshire Council has also published a series of tips advising motorists how best to help SCPs, including:
- Park well away from them (they need to see and be seen by approaching traffic).
- Always reduce your speed and be prepared to stop
- Obey their instructions when signalled to stop
- Give them time to cross the children safely and return back to the pavement
Cllr Hazel Evans, said: “The message is simple. All road users must stop when a school crossing patrol officer asks them to do so.
“Drivers should allow a little extra journey time if their route takes them through a patrolled area – and be prepared to slow down and stop when requested to do so.”