Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

June 18, 2010 10:49 ET

HRM Crossing Guards' Union Urging Motorists to Slow Down in School Zones

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - The union representing more than 150 school crossing guards in HRM is issuing a cautionary message to motorists – slow down in school zones.

CUPE Local 4814 Spokesperson Glenna Casavechia says, "With the school year just about to wrap up, we are quite concerned about the excessive speed and the not stopping at crosswalks which we continue to witness on a daily basis."

Says Casavechia, "Other bad driving habits include inattentive drivers who are either talking on their cell phones or simply in a hurry to get to work or to get home and not adhering to 'No Stopping' and 'No Parking' zones which also poses a danger."

She cites high-speed areas such as Lacewood Drive, Caldwell Road and many others as being the worst school crossings for trying to get children across the street safely.

"We need to have stiffer fines for these infractions. Something like a $1,000 fine for school zone speeders would certainly get drivers' attention. We need to impose a zero tolerance approach," says Casavechia.

Casavechia says her union has requested a meeting with Transportation Minister Bill Estabrooks to discuss its concerns and suggestions for solving the problem.

"This is an issue which the minister has to take a much more critical look at and bring in whatever legislative changes he can to ensure children and parents walking to school aren't seriously hurt or even killed," she says.

Contact Information

  • Glenna Casavechia
    CUPE Local 4814
    229-4952 (C)
    462-7951 (h)
    Marianne Welsh
    CUPE National Rep.
    455-4180 (o)
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    455-4180 (o)