Two school traffic wardens in north Dublin have narrowly avoided being hit by cars driven by what authorities have described as 'irate' motorists. The near-misses come just weeks after lollipop people were sent on 'conflict management' courses designed for nightclub bouncers.
On Wednesday, a school traffic warden was verbally abused by an irate motorist when asked the move their car which had been parked illegally in the vicinity of a school crossing. The car’s wing mirror then struck the warden as it was being driven off. The 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, seconds after a group of children had crossed the road, and narrowly missed hitting the school traffic warden who was in the process of returning to the pavement. This incident has also been reported to the Gardai.
Niamh Russell, Road Safety Promotions Officer with Fingal County Council, appealed to drivers to slow down around school times and "to obey the instructions of our school traffic wardens."
"The wardens are fulfilling an important role in ensuring that children can cross the roads safely", she explained.
"The two incidents this week are extremely worrying and we urge motorists to start obeying the rules of the road, otherwise we could end up dealing with even more serious incidents.”
Just last month it was confirmed that Ireland's Lollipop people were being trained in 'conflict management' as part of an effort to tackle the growing problem of aggressive drivers.