School Crossing Guards
The crossing guard is taking on a big responsibility when it comes to helping our children cross busy highways and intersections on their way to and from school each day. Traffic is in a hurry, the children don't always pay the attention that they should and sometimes the road conditions are poor or visibility is not good. It is not a job to be taken lightly! The system works well, except when someone disobeys.
Section 179 of the Motor Vehicle Act requires that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians obey the instructions of an adult school crossing guard, or students acting as a member of a traffic patrol where the guards or students are provided for under the School Act or authorized by the Chief of Police of a municipality. Failure to obey may result in a traffic ticket with a ticketed amount of $167.00 for all and 3 penalty points if you are a driver.
In 2005, the most recent year of collision statistics published by ICBC, there were 85 injury and no fatal collisions associated with traffic control by a police officer, flag person or school crossing guard. While this was only a small fraction of the 1,825 total pedestrian involved injury collisions that year it is still 85 too many.
Please accept that the crossing guard is there to help us all reduce that total and follow their instructions carefully.