This week school districts, police departments and other safety organizations throughout Wisconsin will take the opportunity to honor the dedicated women and men who venture out into the elements to help children get safely to and from school. AAA Wisconsin and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers urge every community to observe Jan. 12-16 as “Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week” in Wisconsin. It is the 15th year this much-deserved observance has been held in the state.
“The safety of children is one of the highest priorities in every community of our state,” said Vicki Hanson, Regional President for AAA Wisconsin. “It is only fitting that one of the first things we do in the New Year is thank those who ensure that our children get to and from school safely.”
The organizations that partner to promote the observance intend it as an annual opportunity for communities to honor the public servants who help to safeguard the state’s school-age pedestrians. Sponsoring organizations include: AAA Wisconsin, Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Superior Police Department, Traffic & Parking Control Company, Inc., Madison Police Department, Wisconsin Traffic Safety Officers Association, Wisconsin Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association, Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association, Wisconsin Highway Safety Coordinator’s Association, and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
The week’s sponsoring organizations are reminding motorists to slow down and pay extra attention in school zones. Wisconsin law requires motorists to observe a 15 mph speed limit in marked school zones not only if children are present but also if either a single child or an adult crossing guard are present. Motorists approaching school crossings must obey the directions of the adult crossing guard controlling that crossing.