Following an incident in which a SCP was seriously injured, Hampshire’s road safety team has re-launched the ‘Stop means Stop’ campaign.
The campaign is running on buses and radio stations across Hampshire to remind drivers that it is an offence to not stop for a school crossing patrol.
David Francis was a school crossing patrol in Gosport until he was seriously injured. He is still unable to walk unaided and continues to take medication. He urges drivers to give the road their full attention.
He said: “I found being a SCP extremely rewarding. The children learn that they must concentrate when crossing the road, and they rely on you to help them cross safely. I’m thankful that the children weren’t hurt, but it deeply saddens me that they saw me lying injured in the road.
“Nevertheless, my advice to SCPs is to keep doing the job – it’s a really important role, and the children need you.”
Ernie Sage, road safety services manager, said: “Motorists need to realise that not only do they risk a penalty fine of up to £1,000 and three points on their license, but more seriously they are gambling with people’s lives.”