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Are Lollipop Ladies allowed to do this ..?

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sarah_louise | 16:05 Wed 17th Mar 2010 | Road rules
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With not a child in sight a lollipop lady walks out stops me and allows two adults to cross the road.
I suppose I should not care but it just seems a bit annoying.

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I think a few people are taking Sarah-Louises comments a bit too seriously.............
15:10 Thu 18th Mar 2010
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Drivers must stop and remain at rest when a School Crossing Patrol, wearing the approved uniform, displays the lollipop sign. Failure to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1984. This is also stated in Rule 105 of the Highway Code. Drivers can face a £1000 fine, 3 penalty points on their licence and possible disqualification for non-compliance.
ha ha how embarrassing for the two adults!
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Thanks...Yes I know I have to stop but I still think it may outside her job description.
I doubt there's an age limit for who they can get safely across the road!
Oh dear, you had to stop your car for less than minute to allow two pedestrians to cross over your road! It can hardly have impacted on your journey time so stop moaning.
If you get anoyed at such a trivial thing you should not be on the road.

Near where I live there is a zebra crossing. I was walking past it one day, when I saw a lady who had been considerate enough to slow down, stop and let an elederly couple across. By way of thanks, the driver behind her, totally oblivious to what was going on around him went straight into the back of her. He then got out and gave the poor woman a load of abuse for stopping to let someone cross. It got rather heated, so I went across and pointed out that he was the one to blame. He told me to keep my nose out of the matter, so I gave my name to the lady and said I would act as a witness. He didn't like it one bit and gave me load of foul mouthed abuse. As he got back in his car, I made sure that he saw me take a picture of him and his vehicle on my mobile 'phone.

You are not the only person entitled to use the highway!
You will find that "lollipop ladies " are for children only. The insurance does not cover them for escorting adults across the road.
sarah_louise, if it were your mother and grandmother that were allowed to crossed the street, would you have felt the same way?
Sorry, I did chuckle when I read that!
I'm sure she is mainly there for the children but is happy to make sure all people cross the road safely as there are many impatient drivers out there who hate to be stopped!
I stopped at a crossing the other day, the car coming in the opposite direction couldn't clear the crossing as there was a bit of a queue of traffic the other side. Rather than stopping at the crossing, he stopped on the crossing in an attempt to stop the lollipop lady from being able to stop him so people could cross. In response the lollipop lady stood in front of his car, let people cross then had a damn good look round to see if anyone else wanted to cross, just to hold the arrogant idiot up that bit longer! I was almost peeing my pants, you should have seen the looks he was giving her!! Lol!
In January 2001, the law changed and gave school crossing patrols the power to help anyone across the road, not just children.
Hurray for the lollipop lady!
awww the lollipop lady at the bottom of my road crosses me, i love it
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But the lollipop itself does say "STOP CHILDREN"

I seem to have stirred up a hornets nest of anti motorist feeling. For the record there was no car behind me or coming in the other direction and I am sure 2 adults are capable of crossing an empty road without a lollipop lady.

I stand condemned although stangely I am mostly a pedestrian not a motorist.
Shock horror I saw a pedestrian cross on a Pelican Crossing today when it was red for the pedestrian.....
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What gets me is that most lollipip wardens nowadays are stationed at zebra or pelican crossings, which seems to me rather to defeat the object of the exercise in having them in the first place.
There used to be a lollypop man near the bottom of Shooter's Hill who would wait until you were close to the crossing and then jump out to stop the traffic. On a rainy day he did it to me and I skidded and came off my bike. He laughed and I reported him to the local cop shop. I think the old bar steward got the sack.
certainly in our area if you try to cross at a part where the lollipop ladies are they do automatically go to take you across the road and would be a wee bit awkward to refuse. They do also have them as mentioned at pedestrian crossings but at ours it is an extremely busy road that they put them in place just to make it a bit safer for all the little school kids crossing. Was not like that 'in my day' but I suppose the roads were not quite so busy and also people seemed to be a bit more cautious. We do have the 'twenties plenty' sign flashing at certain times of the day and many drivers do not pay attention.
Electrochem - thats a brilliant story good for you!

I think that I got a lollipop lady sacked once!!! SHe stood on a T junction of two busy roads.. and would frequently leap out infront of approaching cars without much warning - stopping the traffic. I wrote to the school as I didnt feel she was teaching children road safety by encouraging them to cross on a junction when it would have been much safer to cross directly outside the school. She changed her tactics... and improved.. but then slipped back to the old style behaviour and was then quickly replaced by a man.. who only allows crossing outside the school and safely away from the junction..
Did I feel bad - yes - a bit.. But maybe my actions saved a childs life!!!!
To sarah_louise
I guess that an adult with learning difficulties might appreciate help crossing a road! They may not be so aware of dangers like we are!
Find it quite funny you have stirred up such emotion here!!!

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