Photocall: Stop means Stop

What: Stop Means Stop event.

When: Wednesday 25 April at 10.30am.

Where: Outside Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX

Merton Council is holding an event to raise awareness of the dangers that lollipop men and women face whilst at work.

Merton has adopted the national Stop Means Stop campaign, which aims to educate drivers about the legal requirement to stop if a school crossing patrol puts up a stop sign.

If drivers to fail to stop, they face a fine of up to £1000, three penalty points, or disqualification.

Councillor Tariq Ahmad, cabinet member for Environment and Traffic Management, said:

“School crossing patrols do a fantastic job across the borough by ensuring children cross the roads safely. It is totally unacceptable for drivers to ignore the stop sign, and drive through crossings in an aggressive manner.

“The message we want to get across is that if drivers do fail to stop at a school crossing, our school crossing patrols will take the driver’s details and report them to the police.”

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Geraldine Stanford, will be attending the event, as will the borough’s lollipop workers, who will be on hand to speak to people that are interested in becoming a school crossing patrol.”

For further information on how to become a school crossing patrol, please call 020 8545 3206.


Notes To editors:

· Councillor Tariq Ahmad is available for interview on Wednesday 25 April.