State And Schools Want Parents To Pay Attention To Safety When Dropping Kids Off

lkwd school-childrenWhile driving to drop your child off at school, that cell phone call from your boss and the steaming coffee in your cup holder can wait. Slow down and pay attention to the person in the roadway wearing the neon vest. That’s the message state officials are sending this week in a school-zone safety campaign launched at the start of the school year. With crashes involving crossing guards rising 65 percent in the last decade, a coalition of statewide groups is emphasizing the importance that parents and children regard the guards with respect to ensure everyone’s safety.

“You need to be mindful of these folks because they’re out there to protect the kids,” said Pam Fischer, director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety of the Office of the Attorney General. “We need to follow their instructions. When they ask us to stop, we need to stop.”

School-zone safety is all the more important in districts where budget cuts have led officials to get rid of courtesy busing and reduce the number of crossing guards. Read more in Star Ledger.

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  1. Not just the guards…Last year, my son’s crossing guard on the corner of Squankum and Princeton motion to my son to cross, after stopping the cars in both directions. Just then a car came zooming down Squnkum, swerving aroung the crossing guard. He turned white, I stopped breathing in shock. Baruch Hashem, my son and hte other kids hadn’t gone too far off the curb yet, so everyone was OK. What a close call-what a crazy driver!!! (PS, I was too forzen to get his license plate number, otherwise I would have thrown the book at him)

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