Crossing guards warn drivers to slow down in school zones - WNEM TV 5

Crossing guards warn drivers to slow down in school zones

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CARROLLTON, MI (WNEM) -

School zone speeders are all over Mid-Michigan.

Barbara Spears has been a school crossing guard for years. She said she always shows up early to her post because she wants to make sure her students at Carrollton get where they're going safely.

"They are on their telephones, their iPads, their whatever, and they're talking and their not paying attention so I have to watch for them,” Spears said.

School Superintendent Tim Wilson knows it takes a special kind of person to walk into oncoming traffic with nothing more than a hand-held stop sign.

"They're pretty brave, courageous and we're thankful that we have people who are willing to do it,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the crossing guards in his district are very reliable. He said that's important when you think about the well-being of students.

"Kids are on their way to school and that's a big deal. They're always on time and consistent. Hardly ever call in and we always have somebody in the spots that we need them so that's very helpful,” Wilson said.

Spears said she enjoys her job - despite the fact she's almost been hit by a car a time or two. She said some motorists make protecting kids a dangerous profession.

“They come up really close and I'm standing out there with my sign shaking it in front of them and then I yell at them. I said, ‘Hey stop! There's somebody out here, you know?’"

Despite the risks, Spears said she'll be out here every day. She wants drivers throughout Mid-Michigan to remember the person holding the stop sign, urging them to be cautious and get everyone home alive.

“I wish that the parents would slow down in school zones, any and all school zones. Because it is very dangerous. Kids are not looking where they're walking,” she said. 

TV5's James Felton has checked out other hot spots for speeding in school zones, including Saginaw Township and Bay City

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