Stop Means Stop
Bedford Borough Council is currently running a ‘STOP
MEANS STOP’ campaign aimed at reminding drivers of their
duty to stop for school crossing patrols. To promote the campaign
and answer any questions the public may have, a team of School
Crossing Patrol Officers will be present at Tesco’s on
Monday 17th October from 12:00 – 14:00 and Bedford
Market, from 09:30 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 14:00 on Wednesday
The campaign serves to outline the importance
of school crossing patrols and ensuring that motorists carry out
their journeys in a responsible manner for the protection of all.
Although the majority of drivers respect the work carried out by
the patrols, there is still a small but significant number who
ignore the law, abuse the service and put the lives of children and
the patrols at risk.
A common misconception is that the School
Crossing Patrol Service is only there to cross children. The
Transport Act (2000) permits a School Crossing Patrol Officer to
stop traffic and cross any pedestrian that wishes to cross.
Motorists should also be aware that the service has the same legal
authority to stop traffic, at their designated sites, as Police
officers. Failure to stop can result in a minimum of 3 points on an
individual’s licence / a fine of up to £1,000, or both.
The ‘Stop Means Stop’ campaign has been
running throughout October at various locations in the borough. For
more information on this topic, contact Bedford Borough Council’s
Road Risk Advisory Team on 01234 228336.