*In this video, the crossing guard in front of Edison Intermediate School can be seen directing traffic at his school crossing guard post at 2:40 pm today, 5 minutes before the end of the school day.
*There are no pedestrians crossing in any direction.....not across Rahway Ave. or Grove St. In fact, students are still in school.
*The crossing guard is directing motor vehicles through the STOP sign controlling the intersection while vehicles travelling along Rahway Ave. are stopped.
*The video is shot from the last car in line (third car in line).
*Rahway Ave. has the right of way and Grove St. traffic must yield the right of way absent a police officer authorized to direct traffic through a STOP sign.
*When the driver of the vehicle stops for the STOP sign, the crossing guard continues to wave the motorist through until the crossing guard walks towards the driver side of the stopped vehicle, out of camera range, to tell the driver to go. When the driver stated that the cars on Rahway Ave. have the right of way, the crossing guard stated. "Not with this sign in my hand" referring to a hand held STOP sign used to stop traffic to safely cross pedestrians.
Why is a civilian crossing guard standing in the middle of Rahway Ave. playing traffic cop when there are no pedestrians crossing the roadway?
Who gives civilian crossing guards the authority to direct motor vehicles through a STOP sign?
|Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan|
|Councilman Keith Loughlin|
Repeated calls over the past year to Westfield Police Traffic Safety Sergeant Jason McErlean have not been returned.
Emails sent to town officials including the Westfield Police Chief, Mayor Skibitsky and Town Administrator Jim Gildea have gone unanswered.
Westfield Town Council Public Safety Chairwoman JoAnn Neylan and Co-Chairman Keith Loughlin have failed to respond to simple questions regarding civilian crossing guards directing motor vehicle traffic in a law enforcement manner.
Click on the following internet links to read related stories on this potential pedestrian/traffic safety issue previously brought to the attention of town officials.