Crossing Guards are often our first contact with pedestrian safety as children – They are the first ones, besides our parents, who instruct us where to cross, how to be safe and they protect our safe passage across the street on our way to school.
And, as drivers, Crossing Guards are our reminders that we are driving near a school and that we need to slow down and be mindful of our duties to stop at crosswalks to let our community’s children cross.
It is not an easy job, and considering we live in the metro area with the highest number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities, it is also an important job!
Please join us as we salute our brave and reliable crossing guards this first week of February! Orange County guards will be visited at their posts and given tokens of appreciation, and an official proclamation was presented to the County’s School Guard Unit by Mayor Jacobs and attended by Sherriff Demings last week. City of Orlando guards will also be receiving goodie bags and a luncheon.
What can we do to honor these trusty guardians of our children’s safe passage to school?
THANK THEM. This week, when you see your child’s crossing guard – even if you don’t have a child, but are stopping for them as they guide children across safely – stop and say thank you.
SLOW DOWN. Don’t forget to obey the lowered speed limits in school zones.
And when you or your schoolchildren are walking, our Crossing Guards want you to remember to:
- Cross at marked crosswalks
- Always look both ways and over your shoulders before crossing the street to ensure cars have stopped
- Never step off curve until you have made eye contact with drivers and ensure they are stopped.
- Be aware of distracted drivers
- Never be distracted with iPod, cell phones, etc…..while crossing the street.
- When crossing at location where there are school crossing guards, please follow their instructions before they crossing
- Always use pedestrian signals when available.
- Never cross mid block unless the road is clearly marked with a crosswalk and signage
Thank you, Crossing Guards!!!