Drivers who need a lesson
Our front page report today about the verbal abuse suffered by lollipop man Bob Pole is enough to make the blood boil. The-73 year-old has told how he suffers a barrage of threats and foul language as tries to get drivers to slow down outside St Thomas More School, in Knighton. "It is just getting worse and worse," says the great-grandfather.
Sadly, there is a small proportion of drivers who have little respect for anybody else and who behave aggressively and selfishly to other road users and to pedestrians. We have all seen the type, mouthing obscenities out of their windows at some slight hesitation or minor error by another motorist or sticking up their fingers in obscene gestures as they roar past.
They are the sort of idiots who tailgate vehicles they perceive to be going too slowly, which is almost everybody else, and weave across the road, inches from one's bumper, desperately looking for an opportunity to overtake, regardless of the danger involved.
Even by these standards, however, hurling abuse at a lollipop man who is helping young children get safely to school really does take the biscuit. What on earth are these motorists thinking?
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We recognise that demands on police resources are tight but perhaps it would be possible for a bobby to be dispatched to the scene on a few random mornings to see if some of these motorists could be caught in the act. A few prosecutions would do wonders in discouraging this sort of behaviour and send out a clear message that it is not acceptable. It is high time that some of these aggressive drivers, with whom we are all fed up, were taught a lesson.
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Their generosity is humbling and again shows the great community spirit which exists in Leicestershire.
We are grateful to everybody who has already supported this appeal and would ask people to continue to give generously.
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