Laura Sharman 24 May 2016

Lollipop man fitted with body camera to catch dangerous drivers

A lollipop man in West Sussex has been kitted out with a body camera in a bid to clampdown on dangerous drivers and abusive motorists.

West Sussex Council is piloting the scheme outside a primary school after their school crossing patrol officer reported some to stop for pupils and parents crossing the road.

The body camera will be worn by Len Howard (pictured) and will capture audio and video of motorists driving dangerously or being abusive.

If footage is captured of an offence, it is passed onto Sussex Police to consider as evidence for prosecution. Those failing to stop could receive a fine and three points on their driving licence.

The council's cabinet member for highways and transport, John O’Brien said: 'Sadly we have problems, of varying degrees, with drive-throughs and abusive language, at some of our sites.

'School crossing patrols experience these problems. Abuse is awful and completely unnecessary. Our message is please respect them – if you don’t you could be liable to prosecution.'

The scheme is the first of its kind in the south of England to get the backing of the police, and will be rolled out across other schools if successful.

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