CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — At a recent meeting of the Clearfield Borough Council, there was talk of hiring school crossing guards for downtown Clearfield.
At the latest meeting, Clearfield Borough Police spoke of two separate hotspots where several people received citations for not stopping for school buses and children crossing the street.
The two spots are in front of the YMCA and in front of the Saint Francis school. After reflection, the members of the borough council approved the need for school crossing guards and are now looking for eligible personnel.
“Well, we would like to get that as soon as possible, especially with regard to the danger of students and everyone around school buses. We would like to see this move forward as quickly as possible and everyone on the borough council agrees 100% that this is a bad issue and we need to address it,” said the council vice president. of Clearfield, Steve Livergood.
Chief Vince McGinnis also added, “I think we want to keep students safe and educate motorists about violating the management of a school bus stop and students loading and unloading the bus.”
Officer McGinnis also said failing to stop is punishable by a $285 fine. Livergood mentioned that local fire departments and fire police could work as crossing guards because they have extensive experience with safety laws.
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Timothy Nebgen, press secretary for PennDOT Safety, shared details about school bus safety and stopping laws and penalties for violations. You can follow the link here for more details.