RE: [MPD-5D] more crossing guard nonsense
I do have to say, I see a great deal of value in the crossing guard at Florida and Eckington who begins at around 8:00 a.m. each weekday morning.
She does nothing more than enforce the traffic laws at a location that is dangerous for pedestrians when she isn’t there (i.e. she forces cars turning right onto Florida Ave to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk across Florida Ave when they have a walk signal). I’ve never seen her direct anyone (car or pedestrian) against a traffic signal, and she always moves as quickly as possible to get traffic going again as soon as pedestrians are out of the way, or to usher cars through before pedestrians actually reach the crosswalk. She does a great job, and blows her whistle only when necessary to get the attention of a driver who ignores her clear hand signals.
Now, her presence DOES slow traffic, and you often have to sit through more cycles of the light when she is present, but in my opinion, that is proper. There are hundreds of people crossing at that intersection to go to school and work, and if it takes me a few minutes longer to get through that intersection so that they can reach their destinations safely, that’s fine with me.
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From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Steven Conn
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:43 PM
Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] more crossing guard nonsense
Unless crossing guards monitor and are posted where school kids cross, I have never seen their value. I always see mayhem in the intersections where DDOT employees are attempting to direct traffic... Take 17th and K for example. A lot of whistle blowin, and not enough doing.
As far as playing devils advocate, I wonder if there is a red light camera monitoring the intersection in which y'all were trying to pass. We all know the D.C. Government has celebrated the recent money crunch by getting very aggressive in writing parking tickets, and recently divided the time earned for depositing a quarter in a meter in half. You now only get 7.5 minutes for each quarter, instead of the 15 minutes of pre-recession days.
If there is a red light camera, I wonder if DDOT has turned crossing guards into revenue generators, by delaying drivers from passing through the intersection until the light is a stale yellow, and turns to red, and presto, a picture is taken and a ticket is generated. :)