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Safety move for lollipop patrols
New school crossing patrol coat
The coats are 12% more visible than ordinary yellow ones
A new coat designed to make lollipop men and women more easily seen by drivers is being tried out on Teesside.

The brightly-coloured coats are 12% more visible than ordinary yellow ones, and are one of the biggest changes to the uniform in 20 years.

"Thank you" is written on the back to appeal to impatient drivers, and also to differentiate the wearers from highway workers.

A batch of 10 will be introduced in Redcar on Friday.

They were designed following the death of an officer on duty in Lincolnshire where the driver said he had not seen the crossing patrol officer.

Councillor Eric Empson, Redcar and Cleveland Council's member for strategic planning, development and infrastructure, said they would promote safety.

He said: "This will ensure that our school crossing patrols, and the children they are protecting, will be seen even in adverse weather conditions."

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