School crossing patrols across South Yorkshire are being given a fresh, new look in 2013 to help make them more visible to drivers as they help children to cross the road safely.
A total of 290 school crossing patrols will be wearing the bright uniforms across South Yorkshire for the start of the new school term in 2013, a year that marks the 60th anniversary of the very first school crossing patrol in the UK, set up in 1953.
Purchase of the uniforms is now co-ordinated centrally through the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, creating economies of scale and efficiencies in the ordering process. 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.
In addition to the school crossing patrol service, selected wardens have been delivering road safety training for reception and year one students, providing in-school sessions for the pupils.
Shirley Adams, School Crossing Patrol Supervisor at Sheffield Council 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 the South Yorkshire improves protection for the men and women providing this valuable service and introduces a degree of consistency and visibility which will benefit all road users.
“With these new uniforms, drivers really have no excuse for not seeing the wardens. The law states that drivers must stop for school crossing patrols and failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £1000 and three penalty points. It really is important that drivers show respect for the crossing patrol wardens, their role is vital in helping both school children and adults to cross the roads safely.
“I would like to appeal to all drivers to make a new years 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”.
If you are interested in becoming a lollipop man or woman, contact the school crossing patrol co-ordinator for your local council.
Barnsley – 01226 772024
Doncaster – 01302 737 086
Rotherham – 01709 254 027
Sheffield – 0114 273 5818
Out with the old and in with the new: examples of the new school crossing patrol uniforms that will be used across South Yorkshire from 7 January 2013 onwards.