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Letter of the Day: Protecting crossing guards and students

Published:   |   Updated: August 12, 2014 at 06:44 AM

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I’m sure you have heard by now about the fixes proposed for the Clearwater intersection where Doug Carey was killed doing his job as a crossing guard. This tragedy has sparked many proposed changes to this deadly intersection and will undoubtedly cause the Department of Transportation and the school district to review other crossing sites throughout the county.

All of these changes and proposed improvements are a welcome commitment, but they’re dancing around the real problem. The biggest threat to not only schoolchildren but also crossing guards is the “right-on-red” law. Most close calls and accidents can be attributed to this permissive action and could easily be eliminated by enacting a “no-turn-on-red” policy during morning and afternoon school-crossing hours.

I was, and my wife is, a crossing guard. I’m also a retired school safety instructor, so I speak with an understanding of what it takes to improve intersection safety. Many states have adopted this measure, and it has a proven track record.

Florida DOT and county officials balk at adopting this measure because of the cost of signage, but some things are needed regardless of their monetary burden.

Safety is never cheap, and you can’t put a price on life.

J.T. Woods


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