Release date: 14 March 2017
Billingshurst Primary School is the latest school to equip its School Crossing Patrol with a body camera.
West Sussex Highways is encouraging schools to use body cameras to stop ‘drive throughs’ and abusive behaviour outside school gates.
The cameras are worn across the chest to capture audio and video footage of motorists driving dangerously, or being abusive towards School Crossing Patrols, as they help children and parents across the road.
Trials have already proved successful at Camelsdale Primary School near Haslemere and Harlands Primary School in Haywards Heath.
Now Billingshurst Primary School is set to be the third to take part.
West Sussex County Council’s School Crossing Patrol Manager, Louise Bishop, said: “These body cameras are having the desired results whenever they are worn.
“Evidence is showing us that speeds are slowing and outbursts of foul language and abuse are disappearing – all because drivers are aware they are caught on camera.
“For the price of £150, it is becoming one of the most cost-effective ways a school can improve safety for their children and parents outside the school gates.”
It is an offence to drive past a School Crossing Patrol when they are in the road.
If caught the offender will receive a fine and three points on their licence – the same they would receive for driving through a red light.
The camera records every shift a School Crossing Patrol works.
If footage is captured of an offence, it is passed onto Sussex Police to consider as evidence for prosecution.
If nothing of note happens, the memory card is wiped.
West Sussex County Council puts up temporary signs outside the school warning offending motorists they are on camera.
Anyone interested in arranging a camera for a School Crossing Patrol outside their school can contact Louise Bishop on 033022 26744 or email email@example.com