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Bismarck Crossing Guard Warns of Distracted Drivers

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One of the women hit by a car while crossing the street at BSC is still in the hospital.

But she is improving.

Her mother tells us she expects her daughter to be released from the hospital by the end of the week.

This story got us thinking about distracted driving..and who sees it most often.

And who worries about it?

Mike Chaussee might have found one person who worries the most..

"Hi boys and girls...crossing today? Hold on a sec, let me check."

No one stops traffic like Rachel Harvey.

"I don't know how you could miss me, I've got a big orange vest on..and I've got a sign."

Yet,

so many do miss her.

And it drives her crazy.

"That's a prime example right there."

Harvey's pulls double duty at Northridge elementary in Bismarck.

She's part time teaching aid. Part time crossing guard.

"(Rashel Harvey/Northridge Crossing Guard) They're looking down. They don't even acknowledge me or they'll get right to the crosswalk and be like 'oh, okay' and realize they're driving through a school zone and need to stop. Hi. Did you have a good day? Have a good night, bye, have a good night."

Distracted drivers scare the heck out of her.

And some of the parents who now pick up their kids rather than let them walk home from school alone.

(Susan Ross/Northridge Parent) "I'm nervous for my kids, yeah! That's why I walk to go pick them up. I don't let them walk by themselves."

"Have a good afternoon, chase."

Harvey knows most of the kids she helps get home every day.

" The kids are number one. We need to teach them. Lead by example."

She knows they'll be driving soon.

They'll be those distracted teenage drivers.

"9. You know, its not the teenagers I see. Not around here it's not teenagers."

She says most of the distracted drivers she sees are parents themselves,

And she's trying to figure out how to get better get their attention.

"7. Maybe a flashing sign...I honestly don't know what the trick would be to get parents to stop."

Her plea for now...just pay attention...especially around her kids.

() "Have a good night...bye...have a good night.">>

Northridge principal ... told us she thinks distracted drivers are one of the biggest concerns for her school.

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