I am a crossing guard in Roy. UDOT removed the orange flags and containers from 1900 West in Roy. I wrote a letter to the governor expressing my concerns and those of the parents that we wanted the flags back. I got no answer.
The day school started, a mother who was returning from dropping off her boys, was carrying a flag she took from the school crosswalk. She told me she didn't know if I would be there, and she wanted a flag to make sure the traffic saw her while crossing.
She laid the flag on the ground. By the end of the week, there were three more flags.
I got a petition with 250 names, telling the governor we want the flags back. I got a letter from Mr. Kris Peterson, region one director. He said the department's policy for use of orange flags prohibits them from being used at school crosswalks. He gave two reasons why. First, there are school crossing guards, second, children do not have the same risk assessment or reasoning skills as adults and would take greater risk grossing a highway with a flag in hand. Kids think that vehicles would automatically stop for them because they have a flag, and they may step in front of a fast-moving vehicle.
I agree. But, teenagers and adults use this crosswalk. I was told that the region traffic and safety division would study the crosswalk. To my knowledge there has been no study.
Once again, UDOT removed those four flags. They also removed the flags on both sides of the school that people used. All other school crosswalks still have their flags. There are flags that are being used outside of Roy: North Davis Jr. High, Downtown Ogden on Washington Boulevard, on Wall Avenue by St. Anne's where two adults were killed. The people of Ogden wanted something done to prevent this from happening. UDOT put in a crosswalk with orange flags. This past week, I saw two high school kids walking across 1900 West. They came close to getting hit.
We want the flags back.