Somerset - Lollipop lens sucks for poor drivers

21st May 2010 at 01:00

Crossing patrols in Bath and north east Somerset will have an extra weapon against illegal drivers - a lollipop equipped with a camera to capture those not following the rules of the road.

Mini-cameras fixed to the lollipop pole will record clear video and sound and capture any reckless drivers near the school crossing patrol.

Trials are taking place outside schools in Bath. The local authority is the first in the South West to use the new technology, known as "Routesafe".

Drivers in the area have previously been prosecuted for failing to stop at a crossing patrol, but the camera will make gathering evidence for future cases easier.

Helen Tilbury, lollipop lady in the village of Paulton, said: "Children's lives are in danger if lollipop signs are ignored.

The presence of the mini-camera will make drivers think twice before rushing past."

When lollipop patrols place the pole upright, motorists are legally required to stop as they would at a red traffic light. Drivers who disobey the rules face a #163;1,000 fine or three points on their licence. km.

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