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Crosswalk safety

Crosswalk safety

Crosswalks continue to play an important role in the safety of pedestrians, especially students.

One man has been ensuring the safety of others at the crosswalk for more than a decade.


Crosswalk safety

Continue to play an important role in the safety of pedestrians -- especially students.

17's christina lopez introduces us to one man who's been ensuring the safety of others at the crosswalk for more than a decade.


Christina: for the past 13 years -- leroy bailey has been the crossing guard at downtown middle school.

I spent a morning with the retired 73-year-old construction worker to learn why this job means so much to him.

Students: "thank you, mr. bailey."

Leroy bailey: "you're welcome."

Leroy: "i love this job.

The parents are nice.

The students are good.

They greet me in the morning.

I'm here eight hours a day, rain or shine."

Christina: for the last 13 years, leory bailey has made the corner of 20- th and m- streets his office.

Every day for eight hours a day, mr. bailey -- as he's known by students and parents alike --clocks in just before the first bell of the school day rings.

Parent: hello, mr. bailey, good morning."

Leroy: "i love kids, especially small ones.

You know why?

Whatever on their minds, they're gonna tell you."

Caroline rous : "hi mr. bailey, how are you doing this morning?"

Christina: kids like downtown school 8th grader caroline rous who has grown up with mister bailey over the past nine years.

: "he's such a nice guy, he's always here doing his job and he's always on time; he's never late, he's always here for us, protecting us, and he's just a great person and so everyone loves him and our school loves him."

Christina: in the course of his crossing guard career, bailey says he's had a few close calls.

The c-h-p explaining the importance of crosswalk and school bus safety as more and more children are on the roadways.

: "the vehicle code does have a law in there that prohibits a motorist from just crossing whenever there is a crossing guard there that has a stop sign.

We don't want the crossing guards to feel like they're unsafe.

It's bad enough that they have to walk out there and put their lives at risk so that our kids could safely cross the street."christina : certain traffic laws apply for drivers behind a school bus.

:"motorists that are traveling in the same direction as a school bus, if it's a two lane highway, both directions of that highway must come to a complete stop until the red lights are no longer flashing."

Failure to stop for a school bus can result in traffic infraction setting you back upwards of 5-hundred dollars.

Tomorrow -- the office of traffic safety will hold a crosswalk event titled be alert, be aware -- pedestrians don't have armor.

The event runs from 7-10 to 7-50 at greenfield middle school off pacheco road.

Christina: the event will educate others to be aware and alert when it comes to cross walk safety.

Christina lopez, 17

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