Driver failed to stop for Worthing lollipop lady

Antonia Gawn's lollipop stick was broken when a driver failed to stop
Antonia Gawn's lollipop stick was broken when a driver failed to stop
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A LOLLIPOP lady was left battered, bruised and with a broken stick after a driver failed to stop as she helped a child across a busy road.

ntonia Gawn had her lollipop broken in two when the car failed to stop at her patrol in Ham Road, Worthing.

The accident left her with an aching arm and is just one of an alarming number of ‘drive-throughs’ at school crossing patrols reported to West Sussex County Council in recent months.

She said: “I was with a young lad. I had the stick in one hand and I was waving at the driver saying ‘stop, stop’.

“It wrenched my arm. I think it caught on the wing mirror and it took my arm with it.

“The day I had that accident I had a lot of drivers stopping and they could not believe a car had knocked my stick off.”

It is an offence to drive past a school crossing patrol while they are in the road. If caught, drivers can be given a fine and three points on their licence – the same as for driving through a red light.

• Read more in next week’s Worthing Herald, on sale Thursday, December 18.