In Caerphilly county borough we have over 70 school crossing patrols, helping children cross the road safely while walking to and from school.
The service has been in existence since 1923, first appearing in the Omaha, United States and introduced in Great Britain in 1937. Their role has never been more important than today and as the number of vehicles on the road increases, so does the danger for our children when crossing the roads.
In 2004 Caerphilly County Borough Council was the first authority to introduce a new uniform to raise the profile of the school crossing patrol. The design needed special approval from the Welsh Government.
The 'lollipop men and ladies', as they are affectionately known, are a valuable part of every community and are respected by parents and children throughout the county borough. In their work helping pedestrians of all ages to cross at difficult places, they also form an important part of the training of young children in good road behaviour.
School crossing patrol sites
School Crossing Patrols are provided where children are in danger from road traffic when walking to and from school. This is not necessarily directly outside a school but could be anywhere on a direct route.
Requests for additional school crossing patrols can be made by contacting Sandra Bennett, School Crossing Patrols Officer on 01495 235109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Following a request, we will survey the area to see if it meets the national criteria. These include a vehicle and pedestrian count.
If you would like any assistance with planning your child's walking route to school, please contact the School Travel Plan Co-ordinator on 01495 235402.
Advice for pedestrians and motorists
School crossing patrols can, by law, stop traffic for any pedestrian to cross the road. Any motorist failing to stop when requested by a school crossing patrol is committing an offence and will be reported to the police for prosecution.STOP means STOP!