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Management of School Crossing Requests

Evaluation Criteria for a School Crossing

School crossings are evaluated by determining the risk index, which is based on many criteria such as: the flow of traffic through the crossing, the age and number of school children, the speed of traffic, the width of the street to cross, the safe braking distance. Note that the Institute of traffic Engineers (ITE) proposes these objective criteria. In cases where the number of school children is less than 15, road safety experts recommend considering any other means of protection before assigning a school crossing guard.

It is important to emphasize that a request to create a school crossing must first be submitted to the sector’s neighbourhood police station. The unit team will analyze the request. Subsequently, the Section de la sécurité routière of the SPVM will forward its decision to the applicant.

To identify your sector’s neighbourhood police station, consult the SPVM website under the Neighbourhood Police tab.

All requests for the creation of school crossings must be submitted for analysis to the neighbourhood police station in the sector concerned.

prevention tips

  • Cross at safe places: intersections, crosswalks or crossings monitored by a school crossing guard.
  • Obey pedestrian traffic lights. If there are no pedestrian traffic lights, students must cross when the light is green.
  • Take streets designated as school corridors to get to school.
  • Make sure you are seen before you cross at an intersection.
  • Watch for oncoming cars before crossing.
  • Maintain a good distance from large vehicles. It’s difficult for drivers to see small children.
  • Don’t cross the street between two stopped or parked cars.