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Crossing Guard Avoids Serious Injury After Being Struck By Vehicle In Front Of Garden Grove Elementary In Winter Haven

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Winter Haven, Florida – A Polk County crossing guard avoided serious injuries after being struck near Garden Grove Elementary In Winter Haven. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has advised that yesterday morning, September 21, one of its crossing guards was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle thankfully was going about 10 miles an hour. The female crossing guard was transported to the hospital, where she was treated and later released.

If your interested in becoming a Florida crossing guard here is some important information:

Florida School Crossing Guard Training Program

In 1992, the Florida legislature passed the “Ramon Turnquest School Crossing Guard Act.” This law (now incorporated in Section 316.75, F.S.) requires most local governmental entities that administer school crossing guard programs to train their guards according to Florida School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines [En Espanol] developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The FDOT encourages local governmental entities and private schools with crossing guard programs not covered by the law to train their guards according to these Guidelines. Uniform training promotes the consistent, effective operation of guarded school crossings throughout the state. 

Motor Vehicles – State Uniform Traffic Control 316.75 School crossing guards. —The Department of Transportation shall adopt uniform guidelines for the training of school crossing guards. Each local governmental entity administering a school crossing guard program shall provide a training program for school crossing guards according to the uniform guidelines. Successful completion of the training program shall be required of each school guard except for the following: 

(1) A person who received equivalent training during employment as a law enforcement officer.
(2) A person who receives less than $5,000 in annual compensation in a county with a population of less than 75,000. 
(3) A student who serves in a school patrol. 

Upon contract, school crossing guard training programs may be made available to nonpublic schools.

History.—s. 2, ch. 92-194; s. 42, ch. 97-190.

Note.—Former s. 234.302.

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