There has been a 25 percent increase in the number of tickets written through the Madison police crossing guard program so far this school year.
The increase over last year at this time is related to motorists either being inattentive or not knowing the school zone rules, according to a release from the police department.
Motorist who fail to stop or remain stopped or stop too close to a crossing guard could be ticketed up to $88.
Police said motorists shouldn’t get more than 10 feet from a crossing when a guard is in the street with a stop sign raised. Vehicles aren’t supposed to move until the crossing guard is out of the street with the stop sign lowered.
Crossing guards report seeing motorists talking on cellphones, texting, eating, reading, flossing their teeth or engaged in other distractions while driving through school zones.