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Crossing guard struck in New Haven amidst police's school zone safety enforcement

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A crossing guard was struck at Grand Avenue and Ferry Street in New Haven on Friday morning. (WFSB) A crossing guard was struck at Grand Avenue and Ferry Street in New Haven on Friday morning. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A crossing guard was struck at an intersection in New Haven on Friday morning.

According to police, it happened at Grand Avenue and Ferry Street.

They said the victim was conscious and alert.

The crossing guard is expected to be ok.

Police said it happened on a day they plan on stressing safety in school zones.

They said they are focused on doing traffic enforcement in the Fountain Street area on Friday.

"As you can see, the way it's designed, there's a long stretch where people can build up speed," said Chief Anthony Campbell, New Haven police.

They said they've received a number of completes, particularly in that area.

"Every year, we get complaints about people going around the school buses," Campbell said.

"Cars are speeding and they are passing those buses on a daily basis so we are asking those drivers to please slow down," said Sandy Kaliszewski, principal of the Mauro-Sheridan Interdistrict Magnet School.

New Haven's mayor also made a plea to drivers.

"We know that there are a lot of pressures for people to get to work on time, but our children's lives are more important than being 10-15 minutes late," said Mayor Toni Harp.

Members of the police department's traffic division were out in full force to pull over cars and issue infractions.

"We're going to go to the areas where there's the most complaints, but," Campbell, said. "We want to make sure all of the schools are covered."

They reminded drivers to slow it down and not pass buses, especially in school zones.

Violators will have a price of $465 to pay in the form of a ticket.

"It is really poignant that the type of traffic enforcement you're starting to see us stepping up is not just for children, but it's for the safety of all New Haven residents," Campbell said.

City-wide enforcement in school zones actually began on Monday and police said it will continue throughout the school year.

Police said they will be at schools around the city at drop-off and pick-up times.

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