Drivers urged to pay at­ten­tion to cross­ing guards, kids’ safety

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

MO­TORISTS FAIL­ING TO

OBEY the di­rec­tions of cross­ing guards have gen­er­ated com­plaints to the po­lice about the safety of school kids.

Drivers mak­ing right turns while the cross­ing guard is try­ing to cross chil­dren through an in­ter­sec­tion have been a spe­cific is­sue, the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice re­port.

The role of cross­ing guards is to di­rect and su­per­vise the move­ment of per­sons across a road­way by cre­at­ing nec­es­sary gaps in ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic al­low­ing pedes­tri­ans and es­pe­cially chil­dren to cross roads safely.

The High­way Traf­fic Act states that when a school cross­ing sign is dis­played the driver of any ve­hi­cle approaching the stop sign shall stop be­fore reach­ing the cross­ing and shall re­main stopped un­til all per­sons, in­clud­ing the school cross­ing guard have cleared the road­way upon which the ve­hi­cle is trav­el­ling and it is safe to pro­ceed. Only when pedes­tri­ans and school cross­ing guards have crossed and are safely on the side­walk can drivers and cy­clists pro­ceed. Drivers be­come com­pla­cent around cross­ing guards and school cross­ings. Ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors need to slow down and pay ex­tra at­ten­tion around school zones and cross­ing guards at all times, say po­lice.

Po­lice are ask­ing mo­torists to be more mind­ful of cross­ing gau­rds.

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