Pictured: Schallert Elementary crossing guard Teodoro Gonzalez assists students, Petey Beltran, Paige Beltran and Kailey Carter cross Texas Boulevard after school Wednesday. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Will report violators to police

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Six crossing guards went through a four-hour certification class Wednesday as part of a TECLOSE course.

The crossing guards received information about traffic laws and each participated in a hands-on demonstration to learn the proper way to direct traffic, Sgt. Aniceto Perez with the Alice Police Department said.

Each crossing guard is required to wear a reflective vest, arm band and orange cap.

"They will be more visible and be more aware of what to do and what not to do," Perez said.

Perez said the guards would be required to take the class each year before school begins.

Perez said some of the motorists have no regard for the traffic laws and speed zone.

"If someone has disobeyed a crossing guard and violated the law, they know now to report it to the police department," Perez said. "They report it to us and we will take care of it."

Perez said the guards are there for the safety of the children.

Crossing guard Rachel Mendoza advised motorists to slow down.

"We just want for people to drive a little bit slower," she said.

Fines of up to $300 may be enforced for speeding and disregarding the crossing guard

Manuel Pena, another crossing guard for Salazar Elementary School, agreed that motorists should slow down and would like for them to be patient when picking up their children at the schools. He advises drivers not to stop on the crossing zone walkway.

"We ask them to move and they get mad," Pena said. Peter Raab, who was also going through the class, said motorists just need to pay attention.

"I almost got run over," he said. "The school zones are still enforced, it's not a freeway."