Amanda takes to the road for child safety

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Icknield Lower School has a lollipopper again.

Amanda Andrews has taken up the role as part of a campaign by Churchill Insurance to improve safety on school crossings.

Last year the insurance firm launched a nationwide campaign to improve safety on school crossings throughout the UK.

Following a widespread selection process, a number of schools were then identified and provided with funding to cover the cost of deploying a Lollipopper for one year which has led to Amanda’s deployment at Dunstable Icknield Lower School.

Since UK legislation was introduced in 2000 stating that Lollipoppers were no longer a legal requirement for schools, an increasing number of the iconic Lollipoppers have been taken off the road even though 56 per cent of child pedestrian casualties in Bedfordshire occur during the school run (Road Safety Analysis Research, 2016).

A recent survey by Churchill highlighted the opinions of the public of Bedfordshire when it comes to the importance of Lollipoppers, with over 90 per cent of parents and children (aged 5-11) feeling safer with the presence of a Lollipopper. A further 35 per cent of parents felt road safety at their local school had worsened in the past five years with an additional one-third (32 per cent) noting a Lollipopper had recently been removed from their local area – with no suitable replacement.

Amanda said: “I am so pleased to be able to serve the local community as their school crossing patrol.”

Lucy Brooksbank, from Churchill Insurance, commented: “Amanda’s presence on the school crossing is a big step in helping to ensure the safety of every child during the school run.”