By Jonathan Riley
© Jonathan Riley
Former crossing guard Rupert ‘Chum’ Parker before his retirement in December 2011.
RCMP issued two tickets this week for drivers failing to stop for the crossing guards at Digby Elementary School.
Both incidents took place on Monday, Dec. 2 – one on Victoria Street and one on Shreve Street (the crosswalk to the rink parking lot).
Corporal Tim MacDonald said the crossing guard on Victoria Street had to yank a small child out of the way of a vehicle that ended up stopping half over the crosswalk.
MacDonald said there was no indication that either driver was using a cellphone – it seems they just didn’t notice the crosswalks and the children.
“People aren’t paying attention,” said MacDonald. “Everyone is in a hurry to go somewhere and there mind is on something else.”
The maximum fine for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk is $690.
MacDonald advises motorists to slow down and stay alert – especially this time of year when we know kids are excited and distracted, the days are shorter and darker and the roads slipperier.
“This is not the time of year when we need any bad things happening,” said MacDonald.