School Crossing Guard limitations
Original post made by Lynn Drake on Sep 13, 2007
Sergeant Herrera from the Palo Alto police department is in charge of the crossing guards. When I asked him whether we can get a crossing guard here, he says it doesn't meet the criteria that the schools and city have set for adding a crossing guard (not enough kids cross the street here to meet the criteria).
Let me say that the Sergeant Herrera and his crew have done a fantastic job of responsiveness and and getting traffic under control in the first couple of weeks of school. I can see that he needs a bigger budget since his resources are clearly constrained such that he can't even add a guard at a cross walk that is clearly a safety hazard.
This is a request to the city council to beef up the budget for traffic and crossing guards. At the very least, every first intersection around a school should be covered with guards so that parents can have their kids walk to school - not driven. The guards and occasional police patrol makes a huge difference and I thank you for providing that. We can do more to make our city "walkable" and adding guards goes a long way towards making that happen.
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