Stop, Look and Learn: AAA, Parkersburg Police Department host crossing guard training – Parkersburg News

Stop, Look and Learn: AAA, Parkersburg Police Department host crossing guard training – Parkersburg News

Aug 12, 2022
From left, AAA Safety Director JJ Miller and crossing guard Pollee Kreaps demonstrate the proper way to hold a stop sign Thursday during the adult crossing guard training held at the Parkersburg Police Department. (Photo by Douglass Huxley)
PARKERSBURG — AAA East Central and the Parkersburg Police Department hosted an adult crossing guard training session Thursday at 1 Government Square in Parkersburg.
This training session is held each year to allow new crossing guards to learn techniques and procedures to help keep both them and children safe during the school year and to give veteran crossing guards a chance to refresh before school starts.
It teaches crossing guards the things they will need to know while performing their duties.
“We’ll teach them how to cross with kids, how to stop the vehicles when they walk out into the street, keep the kids back, (how to) give them verbal commands, how to protect themselves by using the stop sign,” AAA Safety Director JJ Miller said. “If they see something that they feel isn’t right, or comfortable, or dangerous, they would report that back to the police department. They’re not disciplinarians. They’re here as helpers to help get the kids to and from school as safely as possible.”
They went over visibility, how they have to teach children to walk and don’t run, how to cross in groups, and more.
Miller would ask drivers to be patient when they see children and crossing guards in the walkway, to put down electronic devices and be more aware of their surroundings, keep their eyes on the road, to remember children don’t perceive traffic the same way adults do, to give themselves a little more time in the mornings to get to work if they travel through a school zone, and to speak with their own children about the dangers of crossing the street.
“Distractions are a major problem,” Miller said. “We want to make sure everyone’s safe. And be patient with the crossing guards, too. They’re just doing their job and protecting somebody’s child.”
Wood County Schools will start back up next week on Aug 18, so motorists should start preparing to see more children in the mornings and afternoons.
Douglass Huxley can be reached at [email protected]
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