A WORRIED mum has called for action against drivers who she claims are failing to let children cross the road safely to school.
Alison Evans says cars are not slowing down for the crossing patrol outside Golden Flatts Primary School, in Hartlepool.
Alison claims drivers are actually speeding up to get through the Seaton Lane crossing and driving through red lights before the lollipop lady is about to step out.
She says she has noticed the problem getting worse in the last few weeks when she takes her nine-year-old daughter Abbie-Jo Dunn to school.
B & Q supervisor Alison, 26, of Owton Manor Lane, said: “Drivers just aren’t slowing down despite the fact it is patrolled by a lollipop lady.
“If anything, they speed up and just blatantly go through the lights even though she is about to step out.
“They just want to get through as quick as they can.”
Alison, who also has a two-year-old daughter Lydia, said action was needed now before a child is hurt.
She added: “We just don’t want an accident to happen.
“The lollipop lady has spoken to her boss and said that something needs doing. I have spoken to the school and they have tried to make the kids aware in school they have to be extra careful.
“We have also tried to get a police community support officer to come across. If they are in the area the drivers’ attitude all change and they act totally different.
“It’s a scary thing to think about let alone believe but I don’t think we at Golden Flatts will be the only ones having to deal with this sort of thing twice a day.”
A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “Any threat posed to the safety of pedestrians, particularly schoolchildren, by illegal and inconsiderate driving is completely unacceptable and we would remind all motorists of their responsibility to obey the rules of the road, including stopping for School Crossing Patrollers and red lights.
“Where we are made aware of a problem in a particular area we will pass on the information to the police.”
“We would urge motorists to drive legally and safely at all times if they want to avoid the risk of prosecution, and we would ask them to exercise particular caution when travelling in the vicinity of schools.”