Obey Crossing Guards and Put Safety First in School Zones, or Face Hefty Consequences
Prior to the winter break from school, Shelburne Police monitored school zones, and in specific how well everyone obeyed the laws and respected the safety of our children. It was noted that the majority of drivers and pedestrians followed the rules well and showed patience and care. However the occasional driver was found to be impatient, and some even disobeyed the laws.
Drivers – including cyclists – must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard. Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have crossed and are safely on the sidewalk can drivers and cyclists proceed. A school crossing is any pedestrian crossing where a school crossing guard is present and displaying a school crossing stop sign.
The penalty for disobeying a crossing guard in any way, including proceeding into the intersection before everyone including the crossing guard is completely off the road, is $730.00 (in a community safety zone) and 4 demerit points.
“Be patient, be aware, and make the children’s and crossing guard’s safety the priority”, demands Sgt. Neumann. “The risk of someone getting hurt or worse, is never worth driving aggressively or impatiently just to save a few seconds or a minute”.
If anyone has any information in relation to this case or any other matter, they are encouraged to contact the Shelburne Police Service at 519-925-3312 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.
The above Media Release provided by Shelburne Police Services.