Tuesday 19 June 2018

Gardai called to school after irate motorist verbally abuses lollipop lady

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Porterstown Fine Gael councillor Ted Leddy

Gavin White

Local representatives have warned "ignorant" drivers to slow down around schools after two lollipop ladies narrowly escaped injury in separate incidents last week.

Two traffic wardens were the victims of reckless behaviour in Fingal on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, a school traffic warden in Fingal was verbally abused by an irate motorist when asked to move their car, which had been parked illegally in the vicinity of a school crossing.

The car's wing mirror then hit the warden as it was quickly driven off in an aggressive manner.

Gardai were informed of the incident and had a visible presence at the school on Thursday.

On Thursday morning, a car drove through a school crossing in Swords only seconds after a group of children had crossed the road.

Porterstown Fine Gael councillor Ted Leddy
Porterstown Fine Gael councillor Ted Leddy

The car then narrowly missed hitting the school traffic warden, who was in the process of returning to the pavement.

This incident has also been reported to gardai.

Sinn Fein councillor for Swords Phillip Lynam said his own mother - a school traffic warden - was the victim of an incident in Clonsilla last week after a car narrowly avoided her as it was speeding off.

"She was left shocked," he told the Herald.

"With ignorant drivers like this we will need to review safety traffic measures."

Mr Lynam said there had been a huge increase in traffic in the area recently and the roads were becoming unsuitable.

Fingal County Council mayor Mary McCamley said the incidents were "very worrying" as the wardens were there to "protect children's safety".

Labour's Ms McCamley told the Herald that "stress was causing the aggression", which was leading to the incidents.

"People need to relax and take calm in their lives, which are just getting busier," she said.

Porterstown Fine Gael councillor Ted Leddy said he had experienced "vicious drivers".

"I've seen it all - even fights breaking out between parents over parking spaces and the like," he said.

Niamh Russell, Fingal County Council's road safety promotions officer, said the incidents were "extremely worrying".

"We urge motorists to start obeying the rules of the road, otherwise we could end up dealing with even more serious incidents," she said.


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