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Crossing Guards Warn Parents, Students to be Careful

Crossing Guards Warn Parents, Students to be Careful

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LAS VEGAS - As kids head back to school one week from today, motorists are being asked to be much more vigilant out on the roadways.  

There are not enough crossing guards to man every intersection near schools, according to Metro Police. 

Collen Marchant is a crossing guard and mother of five with a mission. She became a crossing guard to help give other parents peace of mind that their kids would get to and from school safely.

"Thanks for walking your scooters," she tells a group of kids.

Currently, there are about 400 school crossing guards employed by Metro, but the police agency admits it needs more help.

Metro's Claudia Sutton adds, "Last week we lost 10 to 12 people all in one week."

Many of the crossing guards are senior citizens who often leave unexpectedly due to health problems or family obligations. The Clark County School District, which holds a traffic safety event every year, reminds parents it is also their responsibility to keep an eye on their children.

"Parents need to be aware of other people's kids and other cars around them," said Candice McGeary, who walks her son to school. McGeary said she's seen many drivers ignore speed limit signs, crosswalks, and sometimes even the crossing guards. McGeary will be walking her 2nd grader to school starting Monday and hopes more parents will do the same.

As for Marchant, she'll be out there as well in her bright green vest reminding drivers to slow down. "It's really fairly simple to do but makes a big difference," adds Marchant.

CCSD also wants parents to tell kids to be careful around school buses. Eleven-year-old Kaylee Derks was killed in March by a bus driver who didn't see the little girl.


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