‘Drivers ignore zebra crossing’

Zebra crossing problems at Farington Primary School: Coun Mike Otter, Coun Paul Wharton school crossing patrol officer Faye Sutton and pupils, Abby Bamford, six, Amy Monaghan, 10 and Liam McCall, eight

Zebra crossing problems at Farington Primary School: Coun Mike Otter, Coun Paul Wharton school crossing patrol officer Faye Sutton and pupils, Abby Bamford, six, Amy Monaghan, 10 and Liam McCall, eight

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Selfish drivers are ignoring a zebra crossing located close to a Leyland primary school and putting children’s safety at risk, it has been claimed.

Farington parish councillor Paul Wharton has spoken out about the dangers around Farington Primary School, which is located just off Stanifield Lane, on Rose Street.

He says urgent action needs to be taken to put an end to the traffic problems.

“There’s a zebra crossing on Stanifield Lane and a number of residents in the area have complained that cars are just driving straight through it,” he said.

“There is a crossing patrol there during school start and finish times, but people don’t even stop for her half of the time, which greatly concerns me.

“I want traffic lights putting there with a pelican crossing; I think that’s the only thing which would really work.

“People would be more likely to stop for a red light than a zebra crossing.

“Failing that, we at least need more police patrols monitoring the situation and giving out enforcement notices to those who don’t stop at the crossing.”

Headteacher at the school, Joanne Ramsbottom, added: “The zebra crossing is not in a good place really.

“It’s on a bend and it’s not obvious enough.

“It’s a good thing to have, and it probably wouldn’t be a problem if people travelled at 20mph like they’re supposed to, but otherwise it can be hard to see for drivers coming round that bend.

“We have a three-year programme in school to teach children about road safety.

“Trained staff and parents take the children out to show them how to cross the road safely.”