As traffic continues to increase on North Carolina's streets and highways, concern has grown over the safety of our children as they walk to and from school. At the same time, health agencies, alarmed at the increase in obesity and inactivity among children, are encouraging parents and communities to get their children walking and biking to school. In response, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation funded a study on pedestrian issues, including school zone safety, and decided to establish a consistent training program for law enforcement officers responsible for school crossing guards.
In 1998, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT) developed a program to train local law enforcement officers who are responsible for training school crossing guards in their respective jurisdictions. Funded by the Governor's Highway Safety Program, this initiative arose from the need to reduce crashes in school zones.
The one-day training course includes a morning session devoted to understanding laws about pedestrians and school crossing guards and examining the Instructor's Manual, which contains everything a person will need to conduct a training course for guards themselves. The afternoon session involves actual practice crossing students at a simulated intersection.