Camera fight on 'lollipop rage'

School crossing lollipop ladies and men in Somerset are to trial cameras fixed to their trademark poles as the latest tool in the fight against dangerous drivers.

There are 1,400 instances of "lollipop rage" in England every year and two Bath schools, as well as one in north east Somerset, will use the mini-cameras to capture the actions of reckless motorists.

Council officials said cameras attached to the lollipop pole will be able to record video and sound at Paulton Primary School as well as Bath's Widcombe Junior School and Royal High School.

Police will be able to use recordings of any motorists who ignore school crossing instructions in possible prosecutions in the Routesafe project. The scheme could be extended if it proves a success.

Paulton lollipop lady Helen Tilbury said: "If drivers see a lollipop they must stop. Children's lives are in danger if lollipop signs are ignored. The presence of the mini-camera will make drivers think twice before rushing past."

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