Magazine article Public Finance

Inbuilt Cameras Aim to Catch 'Lollipop Rage' Drivers

Magazine article Public Finance

Inbuilt Cameras Aim to Catch 'Lollipop Rage' Drivers

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School crossing patrol staff will soon be carrying lollipop signs with inbuilt video cameras as councils crack down on incidents of 'lollipop rage' from motorists.

An estimated 1,400 incidents were reported to councils last year, with dozens of staff hospitalised after being hit by cars, the Local Government Association said.

The number of incidents is rising, even though traditional lollipop signs have the same legal force as red traffic lights, and drivers who fail to stop face fines and penalty points on their driving licences.

David Sparks, chair of the LGA transport board, said: 'It's unbelievable that we have to take this action, but the lives of children are at risk from increasing numbers of drivers who are so selfish that they are willing to put lives at risk by refusing to stop for 30 seconds at a school crossing. …

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