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Double patrollers trialled in Bucks after rise in drive throughs

Double patrollers trialled in Bucks after rise in drive throughs

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:41am 2nd March 2020. (Updated at 5:45am 2nd March 2020)

Double patrollers are being trialled in Buckinghamshrie after drive through incidents rose.

A drive through is where a vehicle drives, sometimes purposely, towards patrollers who are helping people cross the road. 

Bedgrove school, Aylesbury, has moved to two patrollers after the rise. 

One patroller stands one each side of the crossing island, to ensure children and adults can cross safely. 

Corinne Randall is the Patrol Supervisor for the north of the county :

"Its just awareness really, that the law is to stop.

"We are trying to encourage parents and drivers to take more care as they approach a school. And as they see the signs for a school crossing patrol to slow down a respect them."

Recruitment is underway for those interested in the position. 

Patrollers spend half an hour before the school bell and half an hour after helping pedestrians cross. 

Corinne is keen to let people know the role is paid, as many people assume it is voluntary.

Following the rise in incidents lollipop men and women are asking for patience and education for the general public but especially drivers.

In 2018, Mix96 spoke to one patroller Brian, who said the job lifts him up. 

However, a few weeks ago he was knocked over by accident, he was uninjured thankfully.

Corinne Randall is the Patrol Supervisor for the north of the county explains:

"Low sun conditions mean drivers need to slow down and be prepared for what is ahead. 

"Unfortunately a young motorcyclist, who was a learner driver so it was a huge lesson for him, kept going and went into Brian and knocked him flying. 

"He was taken to hospital and the x-rays were all clear but he was very shocked and bruised. It was a lesson for him as well, to not step into the road until everything has stopped for him." 

To report any incidents involving School Crossing Patrollers or if you are interested in becoming a patroller, please contact:

  • Corinne Randall—Aylesbury Vale and Wycombe (West): Tel: 01296 383432
  • Georgina Longley—Chiltern & South Bucks and Wycombe (East): Tel: 01494 586639 Job share welcome.
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