Drivers not stopping for the pop

WARNING: Robert Snowball, Hartlepool Borough Council's sustainable travel officer, at the Catcote Road/Callander Road crossing
WARNING: Robert Snowball, Hartlepool Borough Council's sustainable travel officer, at the Catcote Road/Callander Road crossing

ROAD safety bosses have warned drivers to take more care after a series of drive-through incidents on a crossing close to two Hartlepool primary schools.

They are calling on drivers to respect the school crossing patrol at the junction of Catcote Road and Callander Road amid fears that someone could be seriously injured or even killed.

Council chiefs have put the appeal out to drivers after complaints from the crossing patroller and parents.

Similar concerns were raised five years ago, sparking the Mail to launch its Stop For The Pop campaign, in an attempt to urge drivers to respect the crossing patrols.

But fresh claims over the last few weeks suggest some drivers have forgotten the message.

Robert Snowball, Hartlepool Borough Council’s sustainable travel officer, said: “The school crossing patroller stationed at this location reports that at least one vehicle a day – sometimes it is more – is failing to stop for him.

“There is no excuse whatsoever for this – the crossing is on a straight stretch of road and visibility is good.

“Drivers are required by law to stop for a school crossing patroller and their failure to do so puts lives at risk.

“We are giving offending drivers a chance to change their ways by issuing this appeal.

“But if they fail to do so then they should be under no illusion that we will take action against them.”

The crossing is used by pupils who attend Rossmere Primary School and St Teresa’s RC Primary School, along with parents and other pedestrians.

Mr Snowball added: “A number of concerned parents have already contacted the council to report vehicles committing a drive-through, and it would be of great assistance to us if others were able to obtain the registration details of vehicles committing such offences so that they can be passed on to police.

“The school crossing patroller is not always able to record these details because naturally his main concern is to ensure the safety of both himself and pedestrians using the crossing.”

The council’s latest safety appeal follows a plea to all road users to look out for each other following five serious road traffic collisions involving children in Hartlepool in the last few weeks.

The injuries suffered by the victims ranged from broken bones to serious head injuries.

Motorists are being urged to watch their speed, particularly near to schools, while the local authority is calling on pedestrians to make themselves as visible as possible, especially early in the morning and on an evening when it is dark.