Road safety officers in Kildare and Mayo have rolled out a pilot scheme using ‘Go-Pro’ cameras on STOP signs for school wardens, in a bid to detect and expose the increasing incidents of dangerous and careless driving outside schools.
Under the new pilot scheme, the ‘lollipop’ sticks will be fitted with hidden cameras at several locations in both counties. The ‘lolli go-pro’ camera will aim to raise awareness amongst drivers that Stop Means Stop; any video footage will now help to prosecute dangerous and careless driving and help stamp out road rage against the wardens, which also endangers children crossing the road.
The cameras, which will be moved throughout both counties, are activated by the warden and are pointed at the offending car to record the number plate. The scheme has been launched for the first time in Ireland after a number of incidents in which motorists assaulted crossing patrol staff or ignored their demands to stop.
Under the law, a school warden should be obeyed in the same way as a red traffic light. Failure to stop for a school warden could mean a fine of up to €120 and five penalty points on conviction.
Similar schemes, which have been rolled out by various councils across England, Wales and Scotland, are proving to be very successful. For example, school crossing patrols throughout Staffordshire are being kitted out with camera technology on their STOP signs to help tackle the problem of aggressive drivers.
RTE’s Morning Ireland featured the ‘Go Pro’ scheme on 4 October to highlight the problems faced by school wardens.