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Aug 10, 2011 5:52 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Lafayette Crossing Guards Preparing for School

Next week many children will be walking to school, which means drivers need be on the look out for little ones. Lafayette Crossing Guards said the first few weeks are the most stressful.

Crossing guard, Dallas Antoine, said "we are all glad to get back to work. Everyone needs their little job."

Clarence Darby, said "I just enjoy crossing the children."

Darby works at Alice Boucher Elementary. He said although he loves his job, some days it's scary because drivers often ignore the school zone signs.

"It's going to be bad next week because they aren't used to stopping. They aren't going to get adjusted for maybe a couple of weeks."

He's been a guard for four years and had two close calls.

"The truck didn't want to slow down and it didn't, so I had to jump out of the way," he explained.

Sergeant Mark Francis with the Lafayette Police Department said, "seniors are not as fast as younger people and we are asking them to get in harms way. They have to step into a very busy roadway."

Drivers have to put on the brakes in school zones, slowing down at least 10 miles below the posted speed limit .

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