LOLLIPOP men and woman are heading out on patrol sporting a ‘fresh, new look to help make them more visible to drivers’.
In total, 290 school crossing patrols have started wearing the bright uniforms across South Yorkshire for the start of the new school term – as 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the first school crossing patrol in the UK, set up in 1953.
The improved uniforms are being introduced as The Star is campaigning for better road safety outside schools, to reduce accidents.
Shirley Adams, Sheffield Council school crossing patrol supervisor, said “School crossing patrols play a vital role in helping children and other members of the community to cross the roads safely.
“A clearly visible, standardised uniform across the whole of South Yorkshire improves protection for the men and women providing this valuable service and also introduces a degree of consistency and visibility which will benefit all road users.
“With these new uniforms, drivers have no excuse for not seeing the wardens.
“The law states drivers must stop for school crossing patrols and failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £1,000 and three penalty points.
“It is important drivers show respect for the crossing patrol wardens – their role is vital in helping both schoolchildren and adults to cross the roads safely.
“I would like to appeal to all drivers to make a new year’s resolution to pay increased attention to their driving, particularly around busy areas such as outside schools where large numbers of more vulnerable pedestrians are present.”
All school crossing patrol wardens in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will be dressed the same, giving them greater protection and making them more easily identifiable from other types of road workers.
Purchase of the uniforms is now co-ordinated centrally through South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.
In addition to the school crossing patrol service, wardens have been delivering road safety training for Reception and Year One pupils, aged four to six in schools.