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0 Comments | Feb 12, 2018

Making Roads Safer One Stop Sign Paddle at a Time

Are crossing guards making our roads safer? A group of Toronto researches examined 11 years worth of data to answer that exact question. Their findings suggest that having a crossing guard in school zones reduces the number of pedestrians being hit in crosswalks.

Only 14% of all accidents involving a car striking a child in a crosswalk occurred in the presence of a crossing guard. Armed with handheld stop signs, guards reduced accidents by offering drivers a visual cue that children were present and attempting to cross the road. The exact numbers extracted from those 11 years showed that only 95 accidents occurred at guard locations, while 1,115 collisions occurred when crossing guards weren’t present. By looking at these numbers alone, it becomes clear how important it is to have a guard present at crosswalks.

In an attempt to further reduce these numbers, many people are turning to handheld LED stop signs. These signs are beneficial to crossing guards because they can be used during day time and night time hours. With over one mile of visibility at night time, a handheld LED stop sign gives drivers enough time to slow down and ultimately yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk. This is important because as cities like Toronto continue to grow, there are more drivers and more pedestrians sharing the roads.

While Toronto’s growth shows no signs of slowing down, the number of car accidents involving pedestrians remained the same. While the city ultimately wants to reduce the number of accidents even further, it proves that crossing guards are increasingly useful. One would think that as the population increases, there would also be more accidents. Thankfully, according to their analysis, we know this isn’t the case.