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Friday, December 21, 2012
Councilwoman Neylan: Please Answer The Unanswered
1. When will Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan, chair of the public safety, transportation, and parking committee, be addressing the recent pedestrian accident in front of Edison Intermediate school?
2. Why are crossing guards directing traffic in a "law enforcement manner?"
3. Are crossing guards directing traffic because Mayor Skibitsky and the town council have reduced public safety personnel by 20%?
4. Who authorized civilian crossing guards to direct traffic at their school crossing posts?
**When the Mayor and town council reduce public safety personnel by 20%, there is naturally going to be a reduction in public safety.
**Just another example of how Mayor Skibitsky's cliche' "We are doing more with less" has failed the taxpayer. In the case of the accident in front of Edison, the reduction in public safety has jeopardized the safeguarding of our children.
The primary responsibility of an adult school crossing guard is to help children safely cross the street as they walk or bicycle to and from school.
A well-trained adult school crossing guard can help to accomplish the following goals:
• Discourage children from behaving unsafely near traffic, such as darting into the street without looking or crossing against a traffic signal.A guard can encourage safe behavior by all pedestrians at the school crossing.
• Use existing gaps in traffic to help students cross safely.When the natural traffic flow does not allow enough time for children to safely cross a street, a guard may need to create gaps by stopping traffic temporarily.The guard stops traffic with hand signals or a STOP paddle, then verbally directs children to cross the street.A guard is always the first person in the street and the last person out of the street.
• Alert motorists that pedestrians are in the process of using the school crossing.
• Observe and report any incidents or conditions that present a potential safety hazard to the school children or the guard.
An adult school crossing guard should not direct traffic unless specifically trained as a traffic control officer.