School Crossing Monitors (Issue 12 2017)
Written on the 17 August 2017
Recently a number of Year 7 student volunteers, under the direction of the Year 7 Leader of Student Wellbeing, Jody Keller, underwent training as School Crossing Monitor. This training was conducted by Road Safety Educators from the SA Police Road Safety Section.
Students who were involved in this training were issued a Certificate of Authority on behalf of the Commissioner of Police which, under the Road Traffic Act 1961, authorises the student to work as a School Crossing Monitor. The certificate authorises the students to stop traffic using a Stop Sign or using Pedestrian Actuated Traffic Lights, as well as give reasonable directions to pedestrians for the safe and efficient movement of traffic at or on the crossing as in their opinion is necessary.
The training involves learning how to safely stop vehicles at a school crossing and performing safety assessments on when it is safe for children to cross the road. This includes asking the monitors to check that all vehicles have stopped prior to pedestrians walking onto the crossing. The session also includes safe sign handling techniques and positioning within the crossing.
It is extremely important that all people (including parents) use the crossings and become good road safety role models, by following the School Crossing Monitor's directions, not only for their safety but the safety of all students and road users.
If families have any questions about the training, the Road Safety Section is happy to receive enquiries on 8207 6587 or alternatively, please contact me at the Middle School on 8276 7877.