What to do if you see a School Crossing Patrol

  • You may have spotted a flashing amber light on the school crossing advanced warning sign. These are turned on and off manually at the times the crossing is in operation.
  • They may be situated actually on a zebra or light controlled crossing, or just on the roadway.
  • To stop the traffic the patrol person will lift their stop sign (the lollipop) and cause the traffic to stop. You must obey this sign.  If you do not stop this is an offence and remember, there are children involved, so be sensible.
  • Once traffic is stopped in both directions, the patrol will step into the middle of the road, and will assist the children/adults to cross the road.
  • Once the children are safely on the other side of the road, the patrol officer will return to the kerb and allow the traffic to carry on with their journeys. You will get a ‘thank you’ wave.
  • Should this be on a dual carriageway, there may be two people on duty, or, they will assist with one carriageway and then the other.

Remember, when you are not driving, you are a pedestrian, so treat the crossings with care and attention, and follow your own safety rules.

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