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Sylvania schools use new automated cross guards

SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Flashing lights located at Highland Elementary and McCord Junior High tell drivers when to stop, allowing pedestrians to cross.

The lights flash only when a button is pressed, letting pedestrians warn oncoming traffic. 

Sylvania Public Service Deputy Director Joe Shaw says the new crossing system has been very successful.

"So far we've had tremendous feedback from the schools," said Shaw. "It seems to be that there's an enhanced awareness of drivers when they approach them, rather than just having a crosswalk at a mid block without anything, you see the strobe and the flash that comes at you and you know there's a pedestrian ready to cross."

The automated crossing guards are just a safety measure, drivers will not be ticketed.

The first day of school for both schools will begin Thursday. 

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