A school crossing patroller in West Sussex is trialling the wearing of a body camera in order to capture footage of dangerous driving and abuse.
Camelsdale’s School Crossing Patrol Officer, Len Howard, has suffered from motorists driving past him without stopping, endangering pupils and parents about to cross the road.
He also experienced drivers winding windows down to shout abuse at him.
West Sussex County Council has now joined with Camelsdale Primary School – and Sussex Police – to trial a body camera outside the school gates.
Attached by the lapels of his coat, the camera can capture audio and video of motorists driving dangerously or being abusive, while temporary signs outside the school warn motorists they are now on camera.
If footage is captured of an offence, it is passed onto Sussex Police to consider as evidence for prosecution.
If nothing of note happens, the memory card is wiped.
West Sussex County Council say they have worked with the school and police since December 2015 to get the scheme off the ground.
Sussex Police’s Acting Sergeant, Phil Badman, said: “Drivers who contravene school crossing patrols are putting other roads users at serious risk.
“Crossings are designed for safe passage of pedestrians, including children, and some current driver behaviour is unacceptable.
“We will be working in conjunction with Sussex Police’s Operation Crackdown and school crossing patrols, and we will be dealing with such offenses with the most positive option available in order to eradicate such irresponsible and poor driving.”
If the trial proves successful, it will be introduced outside other schools in the county where there is evidence of similar problems.