Thousands of students across the valley will be returning to school, and so will congested traffic near school zones.
Leticia Reyna has been a crossing guard for Mission’s consolidated independent school district for eight years now. Despite being there all those years, her job doesn’t get any easier since some drivers give her the same kind of problems every year.
Leticia Reyna states, “We have a lot of drivers that will ignore us, or we try to tell them to slow down because they want to come and pick up their children or drop them off in the morning. That’s when we have more problems because everyone has to go to work.
Like dozens of other crossing guards from mission’s C-I-S-D, Leticia had her annual training with the help of the city’s police department. The training consisted of two hour long classes going over some rules followed by some field training.
Craig Verley with Mission CISD says, “The Mission Police department does a really good job working with our staff and getting them trained appropriately to be able to cross their students as safely as possible. And that’s the main goal, to keep the students safe, the staff members safe and hopefully the driving public safe as well.”
In order to keep all students safe, police say the public has to do their party too and obey the traffic laws near school zones.
Lieutenant Jody Tittle states, “Don’t text and drive, slow down and look for the school crossing signs. School zones are 20 miles per hour, and you’re going to be late to work, then you might as well get up a little bit earlier, and leave to work a little bit earlier because the streets will be congested.”
Failure to follow the school zone laws can result in a fine between $400 and $1000 dollars.
Mission’s C-I-S-D students returned to school on August 22