City Promotes School Crossing Safety

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Published on August 16 2012 8:33 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

The City of Effingham, Effingham Community Unit #40 and St. Anthony Grade School ask for assistance in promoting school crossing safety.

The City of Effingham employs school crossing guards at West Side School (Fayette Avenue), South Side School (Wabash Avenue), South Side School (Fourth Street) and St. Anthony Grade School (Third Street). In past years there have been numerous problems with motorists running the crossing guards' stop signs, speeding in the posted 20 mph school crossing zones, use of cell phones and passing stopped vehicles in the right lanes of traffic. The biggest on-going problems are motorists speeding in the posted 20 mph school crossing zones and cell phone usage. This speed limit is in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day school is in session when children are present and cell phone usage is illegal in school zones. The city and school officials are concerned about the safety of the children and employees.

The Effingham Police Department will issue tickets to motorists disregarding school crossing guards' directions, cel phone usage and speeding in the school zones. There will be additional patrolling efforts by the Police Department in the various school zones during morning and afternoon hours.

If anyone has additional questions or suggestions, direct phone Dan Bledsoe at 342-5366.