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April 1, 2014 > Supervisor Cortese calls for crossing guard study

Supervisor Cortese calls for crossing guard study

Submitted By Janice Rombeck,

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese has called for a study to determine if more crossing guards should be deployed at intersections near schools and expressways and other Òhot spotsÓ in Santa Clara County.

At a Thursday, March 20, 2014 meeting of the Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee, Cortese and Board of Supervisors President Mike Wasserman voted unanimously that the study be completed this summer so action could be taken before the start of school year in the fall.

ÒI want to make sure we are targeting the right areas,Ó Cortese said. ÒAre there other hot spots with unsafe conditions that would benefit from having crossing guards? Ò

Last year in San Jose, there were 26 fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists, the highest total since 1977 and the most in any Bay Area city. Almost all of them were on major roads, including East Capitol Expressway, where a teenager was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle on his way to Silver Creek High School.

Even though expressways have traffic signals at intersections, the width of the roads and the heavy traffic volumes could qualify them for added protection with adult crossing guards. The County operates eight expressways: Almaden, Capitol, Central, Foothill, Lawrence, Montague, Oregon, and San Tomas.

Since 2001, the County has contracted with San Jose and Cupertino to provide crossing guards near schools in Cupertino and the Burbank and Alum Rock areas of San Jose. The County pays about $79,000 a year for this service and currently has a surplus fund of $350,000 for adult crossing guards.

For more information, contact the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at (408) 299-5030.

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