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['Frankly Speaking with Frank Likely']
['Frankly Speaking with Frank Likely']

Frankly Speaking with Frank Likely

Look both ways before you cross the street! There is no more basic rule of safety than this, and it is generally the first rule many children learn.

I was somewhat surprised therefore recently when I came upon a crosswalk with a crossing guard and saw that the guard did not look either way before escorting a child across the street.

Indeed this guard was hunched over the child with their back to the nearest traffic as they entered the crosswalk. It was only prudent driving by the motorist that prevented an accident which could have resulted in serious injuries to both guard and child.

As a parent, I was always comforted to see guards at crosswalks because I understood their job was to protect our children as they crossed the street.

But this particular crossing guard was protecting neither the child not themselves.

I felt compelled to write this column when I observed this incident because I know children can have an expectation of care when there is a guard present. I know myself when I cross where there is a guard present I trust their judgement and sometimes don't do the double check for safety that should be my own responsibility.

I am not going to indicate in any way where or when this happened or even identify the gender of the crossing guard because that information is not

particularly important to my concern. What is important is to recognize that this sort of incident can and does happen and we need to be extra vigilant with our children's safety.

It is important to reinforce to them the need to look both ways before they cross the street, even if there is a crossing guard there.

Frank Likely is a retired Anglican minister who lives in Springhill.

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