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Q. Is it legal for the crossing guards to hit the crosswalk signs when there are no children around? The guy at riverbend school does it when there aren't any children around. When traffic starts building up on any side of the four way intersection he will hit the button to make the lights change. There are no children crossing the street, or any children around that want to cross the street. He does it to control traffic. Can he really do that?

Dear Juneau Resident,

I can tell this situation really bothered you. You wrote in on the 14th and again on the 18th. I have to admit to taking some time to answer and this is why. Crossing guards do incredibly important work to keep kids safe. It's miserable work. It is wet, cold, and often dark. Crossing guards take their own lives in their hands as they, themselves, risk getting run over by drivers on cell phones.

The particular area you are complaining about is so dangerous that the school district found the money to try and keep kids safe at that crossing. JPD thanks them for doing that!

The crossing guard isn't doing anything illegal. They have the same rights as any other pedestrian. What you may have seen is the crossing guards are instructed to try to make enough space for school buses to turn in. Passenger car drivers previously have had no problem holding a bus hostage in the middle of the street while self-absorbed drivers try to avoid the slightest hesitation in their morning commute.

You do have the option of complaining to the school. Mrs. Peters is in charge of the crossing guard program at Riverbend school. I really do hope you reconsider where to put your energy since all the schools need more adults to help with programs and as teacher's aides.


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