Road Traffic Act, 1961

Patrol of places where school-children cross public roads.

96.—(1) The council of a county, the corporation of a county or other borough, the council of an urban district or the commissioners of a town may, with the consent of the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána, make arrangements for the patrolling, by persons (in this section referred to as traffic wardens) employed or nominated by them, of places where school-children cross public roads.

(2) A traffic warden may exhibit such sign as may be prescribed requiring traffic to stop and remain stopped so as to enable school-children to cross the road in safety, and traffic shall stop and remain stopped accordingly so long as the sign is exhibited.

(3) A person who fails to stop a vehicle or animal or keep it stopped in accordance with subsection (2) of this section shall be guilty of an offence.

(4) The power conferred on a traffic warden by subsection (2) of this section shall be exercisable only if the warden is wearing such uniform as may be prescribed.

(5) Where a county includes any borough, urban district or

town, the functional area of the council of the county shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed not to include the borough, urban district or town.

(6) A person acting as a traffic warden shall, in any legal proceedings, be presumed, until the contrary is shown, to have been so acting in accordance with arrangements duly made under this section and with the regulations for the purposes of this section.

(7) In this section—

“traffic” does not include pedestrians;

“uniform” includes any garment, armlet or cap.