Pedestrians play a role in keeping school crossing guards safe
January 7, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – We all know that motorists play a crucial role in school zone safety, but did you know that pedestrians also play an important role in helping keep school crossing guards safe?
The City of Guelph is asking all school communities to obey the rules of the road when crossing at guarded intersections.
School crossing guards must stay on the road until everyone is safely on the sidewalk. When pedestrians start walking across the road after the ‘Don’t Walk’ signal has started, they put the crossing guard at risk if the light changes before they can safely exit the intersection.
Pedestrians can help keep crossing guards safe by following these tips:
- Always obey walk signals and crossing guards
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing
- Get off of bikes, skateboards and scooters before crossing
- Never stop in the middle of an intersection; stopping may confuse waiting drivers
- Always yield to emergency vehicles; if you’ve already started crossing, clear the road quickly and safely
- At crossings with signals:
- Only cross when the pedestrian walk signal is displayed
- Never start crossing with the ‘Don’t Walk’ signal is flashing; this signal means you don’t have enough time to cross safely
For more information on school zone safety, please visit the board’s website: https://www.ugdsb.ca/community/school-zone-safety/