Dangerous driving condemned by council

2:40pm - 16 October 2020

Drivers in Clevedon are urged to take more care following collisions with a school crossing patrol.

The incidents are just one example of the dangerous driving happening in Old Street, where temporary traffic barriers have been installed to give pedestrians more space to safely social distance.

Incidents witnessed in the last few weeks include:

  • vehicles mounting the pavement
  • the school crossing patrol pole hit while held by the patrol person on the pavement
  • drivers overtaking queuing traffic
  • inappropriate speed
  • collisions with the barriers, which are water-filled
  • illegal parking.

North Somerset Council executive member for highways and transport, Cllr James Tonkin, said: “The temporary measures allow for safer social distancing for those travelling to and from Clevedon schools.

“It is great to see so many pedestrians using Old Street for their journeys. The school crossing patrol has never been busier. But the dangerous behaviour of a small minority of irresponsible drivers is putting lives at risk.

“On behalf of the council and of every individual who uses Old Street, I urge drivers to obey road signs and to slow down and take care if they have to use this route.

“Details of vehicles seen to be involved in incidents of dangerous driving, including those in collisions with our school crossing patrol, have been passed to the police.”

Old Street, Clevedon is part of a number of temporary schemes installed across North Somerset in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to make the area safer for pedestrians to wait for the school crossing patrol, and for the patrol to work within government guidance, barriers were installed near the newsagents to make more space for pedestrians.