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Department of Transport launches 'Stop means Stop' campaign 24 September 2007

With the return of thousands of children to school earlier this month the Department of Transport Road Safety Unit has launched their annual ‘Stop means stop’ campaign.

The campaign has been designed to highlight the importance for motorists to stop for the School Crossing Patrol and to continue to drive carefully and safely while in the school areas. There have been many instances when motorists have failed to stop for the school crossing endangering the Patrol Officer, children crossing the road and themselves.

School Crossing Patrols were established in the UK in 1954 to help children cross the roads and their way to and from school. The ‘lollipop stick’ which is still used by patrol officers today served a dual purpose, the top of the stick head was used as a signal to motorists to stop at the crossing and the lower part of the head was used to chalk the registration details of any car which failed to stop for the crossing patrol. Today the Patrol Officers on the Island are issued with note books to write down the details of cars and drivers who fail to stop for them and these are then forwarded onto the Police for further action.

Gordon Edwards, Road Safety Manager said

‘The School Crossing Patrol Officers are a very dedicated and enthusiastic team who play a very important role in keeping the Islands children safe on their way to and from school. It is an offence to run through a crossing and all motorists who fail to stop will be reported to the Isle of Man Constabulary for them to progress.’

The campaign will be backed up with radio advertisements and extended coverage in the local press in the coming weeks.

The School Crossing Patrol Team is busier than ever and the Road Safety Unit is looking to recruit new Patrol Officers to replace those who retired at the end of the school summer term. If you are interested in joining the School Crossing Patrol team please contact the Road Safety Unit on 686671 for more information.

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