When I was young crossing wardens – or whatever you would like to call them, we called them lollipop men and women – would stand at appropriate points of the road where kids would often try and cross, these were where there were usually no other safe places to cross the road, or where kids found it easier to.
Now I just see them standing at traffic lights, traffic lights where there is already a crossing. Simply pressing a button changes lights to red and the cars stop allowing people to cross. So why are they there?
The bus I’m on just stopped right by a lollipop lady and she is standing right at the crossing, so whenever anyone came up, she pressed the button for them and the lights went to red.
I presume that when she encounters some children going to school she presses the button, waits until the lights are red and the traffic is stopped then walks into the middle of the road holding her lollipop high.
I don’t get it. The lights are red, the traffic is stopped, someone who is intent on racing through a red light is more than likely not going to even stop for a lollipop person. Can’t everyone learn to press the button themselves and cross when the lights are red?
Do we really need in this day and age this level of hand holding? Shouldn’t the lollipop people be placed somewhere more dangerous where there are no lights and our children educated to cross roads unaided, and if they can’t then perhaps they need walked to school? Note that I said walked, not driven.
Perhaps it’s just where I am that I see this strange and unncessary behaviour of doubling up on protection. Do your lollipop people or crossing guards/wardens stand at traffic lights? Could they be used in better places? Could the money be used in better places?