Patches Crossing in Jersey Shore, PA
Organized by: Brad Curtis
Brad Curtis via Crowdrise
September 13, 2015
Two years ago, Brad Curtis, a retired contractor, became a crossing guard for the Jersey Shore Area School District. Every day his Malti-poo, Patches, accompanied him to work and followed him into and out of the crosswalk, helping to keep kids safe.
The intersection Curtis guards, at Allegheny and Wylie, is one of the most dangerous in the district. Cars drive too fast regularly, Curtis said. "I've submitted at least six plate numbers to the police in the last two years!"
A few days ago, Curtis found out that there are rules against having his dog with him at work. He said, "Well I never would have taken him if I'd known it was not allowed!"
But the truth is that Patches actually made kids safer. Drivers looked forward to seeing Patches and slowed down to take a look. Especially after Patches got his crossing guard uniform: a neon yellow vest and a tiny STOP sign on his head. Still, rules are rules.
And Curtis is frustrated by inaction from both the borough of Jersey Shore AND the school district to make this incredibly dangerous intersection safer for its school-aged crossers!
- Both entities have been approached
- A couple years ago, the crosswalk was repainted, bendable reflective posts and ramps into the crosswalk were installed.
- Of late, neither the School District nor the Borough seem to be aware whose problem this is, or particularly interested in fixing it.
Curtis doesn't want to wait until a kid is seriously injured or killed for something to be done about this. That's why he's asking for your help.
Curtis wants to raise the money to install a cool, safe crosswalk that kids will want to use. He wants to install a blinking yellow light as soon as possible. He will go through all the proper channels, file all the legal paperwork, and finally offer the donations he raises to the borough to fund the improvements.
Any amount above and beyond the amount needed for this crosswalk will go toward other crosswalks in the state, and action toward what Curtis envisions as Patches Law which requires every school district to create a number of safe crosswalks in their districts at the highest traffic intersections.
He is also working to develop a program that would install a webcam that will stream securely into the school's existing livestream, allowing teachers and administrators to monitor for safety, and that will record visual details of any incidents. This fundraiser will provide money for installing a blinking light, painting the crosswalk, and paying for all of the codes assessments, plans, and finally installation.
If Curtis raises more than the amount he needs to put in the safe walk, he wants to get Patches Law on the books: So there is at least one safe, lighted crosswalk in every town with a significant population of "walkers," or children who walk to school.