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Boy, 7, steps up school patrol campaign
7:20am Tuesday 4th September 2012 in News
A CREATIVE seven-year-old boy has stepped up an awareness campaign aimed at getting drivers to stop for school crossing patrol staff.
Tom Roberts, of Great Witley Primary School, has designed a poster, which will be placed near schools across Worcestershire, to encourage drivers to stop when patrol staff are helping pupils cross the road.
The youngster decided to focus on the work of the School Crossing Patrol (SCP) service during a project last term, which looked at people who help their communities.
His “Stop means Stop” posters, which show the four pole positions - detailed in the Highway Code - will be on display at areas that have experienced failure to stop incidents.
Conservative councillor John Smith, Worcestershire County Council ’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "It always amazes people when we tell them there are still irresponsible motorists out there that place lives in danger by ignoring the instructions of the dedicated School Crossing Patrols. Thankfully these drivers are in the minority but, unfortunately, incidents still occur regularly.
"With youngsters heading back to school following the summer break we want to remind everyone of the simple message – 'Stop means Stop.'
"The posters brilliantly designed by Tom Roberts will play a big part in this renewed campaign and will be placed across Worcestershire to alert people. I'd like to say a really big thank-you to him for all his hard work."