But this sight is no longer one you associate with school journeys. Instead we have (outside my sons school) families waiting on the road for either a friendly face to allow you to cross or waiting for that elusive break in the traffic. I have at times stood waiting to cross with the youngest on my hip, holding my car keys in one hand and trying to wrangle a 6 year old with his book bag, lunch box and water bottle. A lollipopper would help this situation greatly.
In a quote from Michael Bristow, from road safety charity, Brake, added: "With the highest rates of child pedestrian casualties in the UK occurring during the school run, the provision of a safe road crossing at schools plays a key part in our work. With a decreasing number of lollipop men and women on the roads, the safety and lives of children are being put at risk as other school crossing alternatives don't offer the same level of vigilance and care."
There are within the UK around 20,000 lollipoppers on our roads helping keep children and families safe when crossing the road, But this number is beginning to decline. Following legislation in 2000 where lollipop men and women are no longer a legal requirement for schools, which has mean an increasing number of men and women have been taken off the road. In a survey polled 91% of parents said they would view a lollipopper as safer option compared to a zebra or pedestrian crossing. Churchill want to help and make this safeguard around schools even more prominent by offering 50 schools in the UK funding for their own lollipopper - and you can nominate your school here via the Churchill website. Now if your school is lucky enough to have one of these awesome men and women helping your children cross the road that is fantastic - if not please go nominate your school and spread the word and get your school this amazing gift of funding.
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