A van driver has been found guilty of failing to stop at a school crossing patrol, putting a child’s life in danger.
The lollipop man, who narrowly missed being hit by the van, was clearly showing his ‘STOP’ sign to allow an adult and child to cross Waveney Avenue, Bedford, when the incident happened, magistrates were told.
Cox, of Bedford, who was tried in his absence, was forced to stop by another vehicle negotiating a junction. A court hearing at Luton heard a conversation then took place between the patrol officer and Cox who said he had not stopped because his path was clear.
The incident, which happened at 15.42 on October 15, 2014, was captured on CCTV thanks to the video badge worn by the
patrol officer and used to secure the prosecution brought by Bedford Borough Council.
Dave Hodgson, mayor of Bedford, said: “The severity of this case means
that it was absolutely necessary to prosecute Mr Cox for purposefully ignoring not
only a ‘STOP’ sign displayed by a school crossing patrol officer, but for putting the
lives of pedestrians, which in this case included the life of a child, in danger.
“It is simply unacceptable to ignore the law and a stern and consistent message
needs to be sent to all motorists who think they can drive this recklessly, that it will
not be tolerated. All Bedford Borough school crossing patrol officers now wear video
badges and we will work diligently to hold these individuals to account.
“It’s 30 seconds out of your life – just stop.”
Cox was fined £300 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £30 and £85 costs. He received three penalty points on his licence