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Sunset schools using signs instead of crossing guards

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Sunset schools using signs instead of crossing guards

By Mary Richards | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:59 p.m.


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SUNSET, Davis County — A Davis County city says it can't afford to pay for crossing guards this year and officials hope extra signs will be enough to keep kids safe.

City officials say they have no money in the budget to pay for crossing guards in front of the four schools in the city. Instead, they are buying signs to put in the middle of the road to warn drivers they are in a school zone. The signs stand about three feet tall and read "state law, yield,” according to The Standard-Examiner.

Sunset has three elementary schools and one junior high within city limits. The police chief has also been to schools teaching kids about cross walk safety, but there's concern that without a crossing guard helping them across and forcing cars to stop, kids could get hurt.

Sunset parent Felicia Driscoll said kids get a lot of help from the neighborhood.

“There's a neighborhood lady, she comes down here in the mornings and she helps the kids across,” Driscoll said. “She has her own little sign that she helps with and parents help when we're walking past, too.”

Driscoll's husband Dustyn thinks the schools should be able to come up with the money.

“I didn't know that (there was no money) and I think it's kind of baloney,” he said. “We need crossing guards and I don't think they need that much money.”

Mayor Beverly Macfarlane told the Standard-Examiner the signs are a good plan for now and that the city will decide later if it needs to look at other options for next year.

Contributing: Tracie Snowder

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