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Traffic enforcement increased after crossing guard struck

February 12, 2005

FREDERICK, Md. - Twelve traffic citations were issued Thursday near schools in Frederick in response to an incident last week in which a police crossing guard was struck by a car at North Frederick Elementary School, the Frederick Police Department said in a written release.

Police said the department's Community Service Division stepped up speed enforcement in areas around the schools Thursday and, within a 45-minute period, issued 12 citations in school zones with fines ranging between $125 and $225, which were doubled because of the school zone designation.

About 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 2, a vehicle on Motter Avenue in front of North Frederick Elementary School struck one of the department's crossing guards, police said in the release. The crossing guard was assisting children in the crosswalk and told the driver to stop to allow the children to cross safely.

The driver was speeding before reaching the crosswalk and was asked to slow down in the school zone, which is posted at 20 mph, according to the release. The driver of the car yelled at the guard and drove into her legs while the children were not off the crosswalk. The guard stayed in front of the vehicle to allow the children to get all the way across.

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The driver then drove into the guard again, striking her in the legs again, according to the release. As she was writing the tag number down, he drove into her again. At that point, she stepped out of the crosswalk and the vehicle sped off. The crossing guard did not require medical treatment.

Randall Martin Bird, 61, of 8103 Stevens Road in Thurmont, Md., was charged Thursday with second-degree assault, reckless driving, negligent driving and failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk, police said.

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