What do Crossing Guards do?

Crossing guards help guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites. Direct or escort pedestrians across streets, stopping traffic as necessary. Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as street and railroad crossings and construction sites. They communicate traffic and crossing rules and other information to students and adults. Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals. Inform drivers of detour routes through construction sites. Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas. Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets.

Activate railroad warning signal lights, lower crossing gates until trains pass, and raise gates when crossings are clear. Discuss traffic routing plans and control point locations with superiors.Distribute traffic control signs and markers at designated points. Record license numbers of vehicles disregarding traffic signals, and report infractions to appropriate authorities. Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials. Stop speeding vehicles to warn drivers of traffic laws.

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