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September 25, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Crossing guards need help

Letter to the Editor: Crossing guards need help

I have been a school crossing guard in Fremont for five years and I believe it to be a very important job. However, I need everyone's help.

At most crosswalks, we have a problem with drivers running stop signs and/or stop lights. Every day, I see drivers talking on cell phones, eating, smoking cigarettes and sometimes, doing all of the above activities at the same time while approaching stop signs. The crosswalk where I work - Nicolet and Isherwood - is extremely active in the morning as cars and pedestrians are either headed for work, American High School, Brookvale Elementary School or just using the street, some under the illusion that they are in a NASCAR race.

I have informed the Fremont Police Department of the problem on numerous occasions and communicate with my supervisor, other crossing guards and parents in the area. Last week my supervisor called the Fremont PD twice. Since the police cannot be everywhere at once, all of us must be aware.

Most parents that walk their children to school abide by my requests to wait at the curb, look both ways when crossing the street, advise their children not to run when crossing and wait until I tell them it is safe to cross. However, there are still parents that choose to cross on their own with little or no regard for their own or children's safety. By doing so, they are risking their lives, their children's lives and those of the drivers.

We need to work together as a community to assure our children are safe from harm when going to school, leaving school and walking home. That means that parents, drivers and children need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Not long ago, I was talking with a parent who told me that she was scared to walk her child to school. If we all work together to eliminate these problems, our streets, children and their parents will be much safer.

Conrad Bloom

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