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Driver Gives Finger to Crossing Guard — Maybe

Port Washington police issue disorderly conduct ticket to a distracted driver who nearly missed a signal to stop from a crossing guard — but that wasn't the only possible miscommunication.

It's incidents like these that make it easier to nod "yes" for a ban on using cellphones and texting — heck, even talking — while driving.

Port Washington police spoke to a crossing guard at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 18 after an incident involving a driver who did not stop until halfway through the intersection. According to the police reports, it was a half-day of school, and the guard was attempting to help a woman, her child and her dog cross the street.

The driver, a 39-year-old Grafton woman, came to an abrupt stop in the middle of the intersection after realizing the crossing guard was there, according to the report. The driver later told police her child was crying and she was not completely paying attention to her driving.

The crossing guard told police she instructed the driver to back up — which she did — but she also said the driver told her to "(expletitive) off" and gave her the finger.

Police spoke to the woman who was trying to cross the street, who explained a similar scenario — saying the crossing guard yelled at the driver to back up, and the driver then did, making hand gestures and saying something. "She could not hear what was said from the car, but thought that the lady driving the car was apologizing," the report said.

Police made contact with the driver, who told police she had had dental work that day and her mouth was still numb during the incident. She told police she did not say, "(expletitive) off," but instead was saying "I'm trying," while the guard was yelling to her to back up. The driver said it was possible, however, that she gave the crossing guard the finger — she wasn't sure.

While it's obviously not clear what the message was that was trying to be communicated from the car, one thing is for sure: police issued the driver a citation for disorderly conduct.

Big Balls September 27, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Sounds like she could have been let off with just a warning? Next time someone swears at me Im calling the cops. PATHETIC!! The driver made a mistake and admitted to the cops. What more needs to be done.
Terry September 28, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Well OK then, balls... Maybe they should have just written her a citation for improperly stopping for the crossing guard. That would have been both the fine and impact on her driving record. It sounds like they gave her the lesser of the two they could have written.
Bridgett Bartlein Drews September 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I agree with balls, sounds like she admitted that she was wrong & there's 2 conflicting stories here. I think a verbal warning would of worked just fine in this case.
Kathy September 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Amazing. Disorderly conduct for giving the finger? FREE SPEECH! I'd go to court and argue I was picking my nose and flickin one. :-)
MDS September 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM
OK, here is how Green Bay Packer obsessed I am lately. I glance at the headline and I immediately think; Oh, Donald wouldn't do that!

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