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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 4:25pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces school crossing guards are helping report drivers speeding through school zones as they help children safely cross the street.
Brian Hicks, who works at the Thomas Drive and Missouri Avenue intersection across of Conlee Elementary, uses his quick eye to catch as much information he possibly can on a speeding vehicle.
"We get the best description of the car and if we can get plate," Hicks said. "Maybe try to get a color on the car."
During the morning he's noticed his job is a bit more challenging with people running late and speeding through school zones.
He said he has to really pay attention and make sure no children cross a busy Missouri Avenue without his help.
"I cross about 15 to 20 kids a morning," he said.
Hicks has also developed a good rapport with some of the children and even shares jokes with them.
He said most of the drivers also know him and wave him a friendly hello as they drive by.
But for those that don't slow down through the intersection, Hicks gathers the vehicle's information and reports it to a supervisor.
The supervisor then complies a report and the Las Cruces Police Department mails the owner of the vehicle a warning letter.
"I'm glad he's here," said Nevolin Godlewski. "I'd get run over."
Godlewski crosses Missouri twice a day to drop off kids in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon.
She said she has had close encounters with cars before.
Hicks said he's been hit by a distracted driver.
"I landed on her hood," he said. "She scooped me up from behind and she was texting."
Hicks said he wants people to be aware of their surroundings especially during the time children are present.
"Please slow down and don't do any texting," Hicks said.