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Erith driver struck Belvedere lollipop man’s sign, nearly hitting parent and young child

PUBLISHED: 11:19 22 August 2017

Bexley Magistrates Court

Bexley Magistrates Court

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He was fined at a hearing last week

An Erith driver is “lucky” to still have his licence after he nearly hit a parent and a child crossing near Belvedere Junior School.

On January 4 Ethelbert Obi, 34, of Bramble Croft, sped past a lollipop man stopping traffic in the middle of Lower Road.

Bexley magistrates heard how a parent and young child were crossing the road at the time, but he narrowly missed them, instead hitting the patrol’s stop sign.

Obi then carried on driving without stopping.

At a hearing on Thursday, Obi admitted to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop for a school crossing patrol.

The driver was ordered to pay £525 in costs and a magistrate warned him: “You are lucky I am not disqualifying you. A serious aggravation in this case is the fact that you were driving in a region of a school.”

Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for traffic and transport said: “Our school crossing patrols do a fantastic job at helping to keep Bexley’s children safe on their way to and from school. I am pleased the judge has recognised the importance of keeping our staff safe as well as the people they are there to help.

“We recently ran a Stop Means Stop Campaign to highlight the need for drivers to stop and remain stationary when our patrols are displaying their stop signs to oncoming traffic. Hopefully this prosecution will make other drivers think twice about not stopping when required by a lollipop person.”

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