Body worn cameras to be trialled at school crossings
We are launching a new scheme to monitor drivers' behaviour around school crossings. The pilot will see school crossing patrol officers wear body worn cameras while they manage traffic and help school children and other pedestrians cross the road. It is aimed at reducing incidents of abuse towards officers.
The four-week trial starts from Monday 4th October at sites in Cloes Lane, Clacton-on-Sea, and Whitmore Way, Basildon. Both are in busy through roads and serve several nearby schools. It is the first-time school crossing patrol officers in both areas have used body worn cameras.
We will evaluate the effectiveness of using body worn cameras at both sites once the trial is complete.
Our school crossing patrol officers work through the school year to keep their communities safe. The council urges all residents to treat them with the respect they deserve.
Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet member for Education Excellence, Life Long Learning and Employability, said: “The majority of Essex drivers respect school crossing patrol officers and the safety of the children and families they help to cross the road.
“Unfortunately, there is that very small minority of drivers who are impatient and sometimes even abusive toward the crossing patrols.
“This is utterly unacceptable behaviour. Our School Crossing Patrol Officers are wonderful people, loved by the communities they serve, and who work in rain, wind and snow to keep the children of Essex safe.”
The law requires drivers to stop when a School Crossing Patrol Officer holds a Stop sign upright. This enables any pedestrians, not just schoolchildren, to cross the road.
Not stopping at a school crossing patrol can lead to you receiving:
• a fine of up to £1,000
• three points on your driving licence
School crossing patrol officers help keep pupils and other pedestrians safe as they cross the road while managing the traffic flow. There are several School Crossing Patrol Officer vacancies available across Essex.
You can find out more at the Working for Essex website.