Enforcement & safety management

What role does enforcement play in Safe Routes to School?

The main goal for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) enforcement strategies is to improve safe behaviors and deter unsafe behaviors of drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. Enforcement is one of the complementary strategies that SRTS programs use to enable more children to walk and bicycle to school safely. Enforcement includes students, parents, adult school crossing guards, school personnel and neighborhood watch programs all working in conjunction with law enforcement.

 

Do you ever need more than one adult crossing guard?

For signalized or unsignalized crossings with four or more lanes, experts recommend using two adult school crossing guards working in unison, with one guard positioned on each side of the street. Each guard stands on the crosswalk line closest to the approaching traffic for his or her half of the street and between the approaching traffic and the students.

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How can we get funding for adult school crossing guards?

Stable and sufficient funding is important to the effective operation of any adult school crossing guard program. Across the nation, a variety of sources have been used. Communities have obtained financial resources through taxes, local school boards, sheriff, police, public works and traffic engineering departments, and through surcharges on parking fines. Public and private organizations as well as Parent-Teacher Associations or Organizations also have contributed funding for guard programs.

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What kind of equipment do adult school crossing guards use?

An adult school crossing guard wears a uniform and uses equipment that is highly visible and easily identifiable by the general public. This enhanced visibility allows motorists and pedestrians to see the guard and the signal the guard presents more clearly.

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Do adult school crossing school guards need to wear a uniform?

An adult school crossing guard wears a uniform and uses equipment that is highly visible and easily identifiable by the general public. This enhanced visibility allows motorists and pedestrians to see the guard and the signal the guard presents more clearly.

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Can you use volunteers as adult school crossing guards?

An adult school crossing guard can be a paid employee or a volunteer member of the community. Paid employees may be preferred because an employer has the ability to train, evaluate and discipline an employee. Every prospective guard should undergo a basic physical examination and criminal background check.

Additional information on adult school crossing guards may be found in the Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines.

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Do adult school crossing guards direct traffic?

An adult school crossing guard should not direct traffic unless specifically trained as a traffic control officer.

Additional information on adult school crossing guards may be found in the Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines.

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What should an adult school crossing guard do in an emergency situation?

During a guard's duty, emergency situations, such as a sudden illness or an injury due to a crash, may occur near the school crossing. In the case of an emergency, a guard must stay at his or her post, keep control of the situation, and use the following basic procedure to ensure the children's safety:

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What should an adult school crossing guard do at an unsignalized intersection?

At unsignalized crosswalks, it is the responsibility of the crossing guard to determine when children cross based on gaps in traffic flow. A guard who is assigned to an unsignalized crosswalk on an undivided street should:

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