School Wardens are probably better known as, or referred to by school goers as the 'Lollipop People'. Kildare County Council currently employs 25 fulltime School Wardens and 2 releif school wardens. Community Wardens also act as School Wardens when required to do so.
A School Warden is employed by the Local Authority (City or County Council) and they operate under Section 96 of the 1961 Road Traffic Act. A warden is empowered to stop and hold traffic in order to allow school children cross the road safely, in the vicinity of a primary school. A school warden is employed by the Local Authority to operate a primary schools. School Wardens do not operate at Second level schools or higher.
The road safety officer has overall responsibility for school wardens in county Kildare. A school warden is recognised by the bright yellow and red coloured Hi visibility coat and the Stop Sign that they carry.
Any driver who fails to stop for a school warden, while operating on a school crossing is liable to recieve one penalty point.
2 Penalty Points on Payment and an €80 Fixed Charge is paid within 28 days, or,
5 Penalty Points on conviction and a €120 fixed chartge fine after 28 days on non payment.