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Manchester pilots lollipop signs with hidden CCTV cameras

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Education

Manchester pilots lollipop signs with hidden CCTV cameras Manchester pilots lollipop signs with hidden CCTV cameras

Manchester City Council is about to launch a new pilot scheme to stop careless and impatient drivers putting children’s lives at risk by refusing to stop at school crossing patrols.

For now, a new school crossing sign is going on trial which contains a hidden CCTV camera that will film any 'drive-through' incidents. The vehicle information will then be passed on to the DVLA and the police.

Research by Manchester City Council's road safety officers shows that in the 12 months up to June this year there were 50 documented cases of drive-throughs where reckless motorists have driven through a crossing when a school crossing patrol has been helping children over the road.

Councillor Richard Cowell, Executive Member for the Environment at Manchester City Council, said: "Children's safety is our main priority and we are taking these measures to stop accidents from happening.

"School crossing patrols provide an essential service and drivers should understand that. Driving a car carries a huge responsibility and if you drive aggressively it can have catastrophic consequences."

The trial will start early in the new year and will focus on the crossings that have the most drive-through incidents. Warning signs will be in place to alert drivers that a CCTV camera is in operation.

Councillor Cowell added: "Once the results of the pilot have been assessed we will make a decision about using this technology in other areas across the city.

"This investment is a small price to pay if it means children can cross roads safely."
 

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