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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/5/2014 

 School Crossing To Be Removed - PUBLIC NOTICE 


The Philip O'Brien Elementary crossing guard located at Lime Street and South Ingraham Avenue in Lakeland will be removed due to adequate gaps in traffic, eliminating the need for the crossing guard at that location. This decision was made by the School Crossing Guard Committee, following crossing counts and data collected throughout the school year. 

This decision was made by the School Crossing Guard Committee following a traffic survey of the location and a confirmation that Philip O’Brien Elementary School students can safely cross without assistance.  This committee is comprised of representatives from the School Board, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Board of County Commissioners Traffic Engineering Division, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and a number of the municipalities within Polk County. 

As a matter of procedure, the School Crossing Guard Committee communicates with the principal of the affected schools to inform them of the actions taken.  In addition, the principal is reminded to notify members of the committee if the situation changes at which time another survey would be conducted. 

The school crossing guard will be removed at the end of this school year, June 5, 2014.  

While this review process occurs throughout the year, deputies patrol school zones daily as a reminder to motorists that caution is critical.  Please remember that fines are doubled in school zones and that all law enforcement members take the safety of children very seriously.  As a responsible motorist, so should you. 

Please Help Us Keep School Zones Safe.