Somerset

'Lollicam' trialled outside North Somerset school

Lollipop sign
Image caption The council brought in the "lollicam" because some speeding motorists do not stop and become abusive

A lollipop has been fitted with video cameras to record motorists who fail to stop for children.

North Somerset Council says it brought in the £1,500 "lollicam" because some speeding motorists do not stop and become abusive.

The "ordinary-looking" lollipop, fitted with two cameras, is being piloted outside Wraxall Primary School.

Lollipop lady Lisa Adamson said she hoped it would act as a deterrent and make a difference.

'Big problem'

Council staff will watch the footage and decide whether to issue warning letters or ask the police to prosecute offenders.

A spokeswoman from the authority said the pilot would last for six months, then a decision would be made about whether to roll it out to other schools.

Ms Adamson said speeding cars were a "big problem" outside the school on the B3130 Bristol Road.

She added: "The road is on a slight bend so if drivers are going too quickly they don't stop - even if I'm standing in the middle of the road. I've nearly been hit a couple of times.

"There is a 20mph speed limit when children are arriving and leaving school but it is not obeyed and most drivers don't even go under 30mph."

Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader of the council and executive member for highways, added: "Reckless actions by road users, whether they be drivers, motorcyclists or cyclists, can put children and our school crossing patrols at risk and this is not acceptable."

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