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Good Question: Do school crossing guards have the right to direct traffic?


School has been in session now for several weeks in some districts, and that means in your neighborhood you might notice a school crossing guard helping students across the street.

Good Question: Michelle-Lexington: Do school crossing guards have the right to direct traffic?

With school back in session its is a common sight in many Lexington neighborhoods, school crossing guards hard at work.

The Lexington Division of Police say that those guards are paid employees of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.

While they are there to help students safely cross the streets, are they allowed to waive drivers through traffic?

The Lexington Police Department says that the answer is yes, in some places.

All school guards are required to complete a Traffic Control Training Course conducted by the Division of Police.

Under the LFUCG Code of Ordinance Section 18-5 crossing guards can direct traffic in an near the vicinity of schools.

There are also some locations police say where its necessary for the guards to assist with traffic direction to ensure safety at the crossings.

So now you know the next time you encounter one of these folks working to ensure your kids to and school safely.

The Lexington Police spokesperson says crossing guards can be held responsible if they act in a negligent manner that results in an accident.


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