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Eau Claire crossing guard shares safety tips as part of ‘Crossing Guard Recognition Week’

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Thomas Nelson, a school crossing guard, holding a stop sign at the intersection of Margaret Street and Fenwick Avenue near Flynn Elementary School.

Eau Claire (WQOW) - A local crossing guard is sharing how drivers can make the roads safer as part of Wisconsin Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week.

Thomas Nelson started as a substitute crossing guard with the Eau Claire Area School District four years ago, and now, he's one of 17 permanent crossing guards in the district.

While on the job, he's noticed drivers making mistakes that put the lives he's trying to protect at risk. Nelson said drivers are often in a hurry, or distracted with their cell phones, so the best way to make his job easier is to know your surroundings.

"To be very aware when they enter the area," said Nelson. "There's a lot of commotion going on. And this is one of the bigger, more busy crossings [Margaret Street and Fenwick Avenue]. There are families that come through. There are students that come through."

Nelson said to also be aware of children who might walk out between cars. He also likes to acknowledge drivers for good habits by either giving them a thumbs up or tipping his hat.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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