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Holiday hustle too fast for school zones

December 16, 2003

Albany -- Don't let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season turn into tragedy. Crossing guards worry that drivers are hurrying too much shopping, and not slowing down for school zones.

Mary Carson Price enjoys Christmas, but worries that drivers are too distracted. "At Christmas Time many people their mind is on their shopping. They are just not really thinking. "

Price works the school crossing at Stuart Avenue and Doncaster Drive. She and Carla Thompson stand on each side of the road to point out it's a school zone. But she still has to wave at drivers to slow down. "When you have big event come up. A lot of people, they don't plan to do it. This is just what their minds are on."

Drivers should slow to 25 miles per hour in school zones between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning. And 3:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon.

Price asks drivers to keep their minds on the road, and not on the hustle and bustle of the holidays, to keep kids safe. "Once I tell them to slow down, and they slow down, I will bow my head and tell them thank you. Many times when you do that they will remember, you see."

 Tuesday night a banquet will be held for all 55 of the school crossing guards in Albany. It's a chance to say thanks to the crossing guards, who care enough to keep students safe on their way to school and home again.

posted at 3:55 PM by jimw@walb.com