NEW warning signs are to be used to offer extra protection for Huddersfield’s lollipop men and women.

The ‘lollipop zone’ signs will be trialled at some of the busiest sites across Kirklees in order to keep the school crossing patrols safe.

And highways officials hope it will also stop some of the abuse heaped on the patrols by drivers.

Clr David Sheard, Cabinet member for Highways, said: “Unfortunately, some lollipop men and women in Kirklees have been hurt when traffic has not stopped for them and others face regular verbal abuse from drivers.

“This is unaccept-able behaviour and all drivers are legally required to stop when requested to do so by a school crossing patrol.

“The lollipop men and women provide an essential service for children and their parents and they should be able to carry out their duties without being put at risk by impatient drivers.”

The new move recognises the importance of the service provided by school crossing patrols in Kirklees and the campaign will see ‘lollipop zone’ signs placed on lamp posts close to schools to tell drivers they are in an area where children and adults are likely to be crossing.

The signs are brightly coloured and give drivers extra warning that they are approaching a school crossing site and should be prepared to stop to let people to cross the road safely.

Lollipop men and women have the legal power to stop traffic under Section 270 of the Transport Act 2000.

The regulations allow them to stop traffic to help anyone - child or adult - cross the road safely.