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  • Northside East

Near miss for school traffic wardens

Monday, 18th September, 2017 8:00am
Near miss for school traffic wardens

Traffic wardens are getting a hard time in Fingal.

Near miss for school traffic wardens

Traffic wardens are getting a hard time in Fingal.

FINGAL County Council has issued a plea to motorists to slow down in the vicinity of schools after two incidents this month involving traffic wardens.

In the first week of the new term, a 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. Gardaí were informed of the incident and had a visible presence at the school on the following day.

That same week, a car drove through a school crossing in Swords, seconds after a group of children had crossed the road. The vehicle narrowly missed hitting the school traffic warden who was in the process of returning to the pavement. This incident was also reported to gardaí.

Niamh Russell, Road Safety Promotions Officer with Fingal County Council, said: “We are appealing to motorists to slow down in the vicinity of schools 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. 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.”

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