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A Program to Protect Children and School Crossing Guards

The position of School Crossing Guard has become one of the most dangerous occupations in local government. Each year, numerous crossing guards are seriously injured or killed at their posts while protecting our children. Over the last decade, the accident rate for crossing guards has increased 65%.

Thirty years ago, half of our children walked to school. Today, only 15% walk. As a result, our school zones are clogged with more traffic than they were designed to handle. Further, motorists are often in a hurry when they drop off or pick up their children and too many parents are not paying attention because of cell phones and other distractions.

To address these issues, the MEL and the NJ Association of Chiefs of Police along with Rutgers University developed a comprehensive plan to protect children and school crossing guards. Also assisting in this effort was J.A. Montgomery Risk Control.