School Traffic

Adult School Crossing Guards

The City of Garland provides Adult School Crossing Guards to assist the children in crossing the streets on the trips to and from school. Currently, Garland has 79 manned locations and these guards cross over 4,000 children each day between the hours of 7:10 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The hours may be varied slightly to accommodate specific location needs. Want to be a school crossing guard? Click School Crossing Guard Application to apply.

What You Can Do to Help

Adults can assist in keeping our kids safe each day by obeying the laws concerning the school zones. In our busy lives sometimes we all forget how hazardous our vehicles can be to these youngsters. You can help by remembering these simple guidelines:

  • Be Patient - Proceed into the crosswalk or intersection only after all pedestrians are all clear of the crosswalk and the intersection can be completely crossed.
  • Do Not Stop or Park on a Crosswalk - This is against the law. All vehicles must stop behind the painted white stop bar or crosswalk line.
  • Obey the Crossing Guards - They are there to protect the children but can only do so with your cooperation. It is a violation of State Law to "willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction to stop and yield to pedestrians given by any School Crossing Guard while in the performance of his duties in a designated school-crossing zone."
  • Slow Down - Obey the 20 miles per hour maximum speed limit in school zones and the 30 miles per hour maximum speed limit on residential streets.
  • Stay Alert - Watch for small children. Children under the age of eight believe that if they can see you, then you can see them so they often dart out from behind a parked car.

SCHOOL SPEED ZONES

This program involves both pedestrians of all ages and drivers. Walking and driving safely is extremely important, especially around our schools. The Transportation Department establishes school zones by the use of signs and/or flashing amber lights to alert drivers to observe a speed limit of 20 miles per hour in these areas to aid pedestrians in crossing the streets. This is strictly enforced - speeding in a school zone has a minimum fine of $164 plus $5 for each mile exceeding the speed limit.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions or concerns regarding child or school safety, please call our Transportation Services Coordinator at 972-205-2438.