School Crossing Patrol Signal: Appearance, Usage, Meaning, Actions and Related Signs

The school crossing patrol signal has two flashing amber lights. They flash one after the other. They are mounted on a pole. It is near a school crossing. It is often by a sign showing a school child. When you see this signal, a school crossing patrol member is present. They may be telling you to stop. This guide will cover the look, place, meaning, and driver actions for the school crossing patrol signal. It will also point out similar and related road signs and signals.

Appearance and Where the Signal is Used

The school crossing patrol signal is a vertical post with two light units mounted on top. The light units are circular and contain amber bulbs that flash.

What colour are the lights?

The lights are amber.

Is there anything else on the post besides the lights?

The post may have a sign attached to it that depicts a school child.

Where are these signals located?

School crossing patrol signals are positioned near designated school crossings.

What Does School Crossing Patrol Signal Mean and How Should You React?

The flashing amber school crossing patrol signal means a patrol member is at a crossing. This member may be controlling the flow of traffic. They do it to let pedestrians, especially children, cross the road safely.

When you see a school crossing patrol signal operating:

  • Reduce your speed and prepare to stop if instructed.
  • Maintain awareness of your surroundings, especially for the crossing patrol member and pedestrians.
  • Stop completely if the patrol member raises a stop sign or signals you to do so.
  • Do not proceed until the patrol member signals it is safe and all pedestrians have crossed.

Does the flashing signal mean I have to stop?

No, the flashing amber signal does not require you to stop. It signifies that you may need to stop depending on the actions of the crossing patrol member.

How will the crossing patrol member tell me to stop?

The member will use a large red stop sign and/or hand signals to instruct you to stop.

Similar and Related Signs

Other light-based signs and road markings are on the road. They are like the school crossing patrol signal, but they have different meanings. Drivers must do different things for them.

Similar Signs

These signs also use flashing amber lights but have different meanings and purposes.

Level Crossing Warning Lights

These lights inform drivers about an approaching train. They tell drivers to stop.

Temporary Traffic Lights

Temporary traffic lights are used on roadworks or diversions. They control the flow of traffic in turns.

Related Signs

These signs do not use flashing lights but are related to pedestrian crossings.

Pelican Crossing Sign

It is black and white sign that shows a pedestrian. It marks a crossing point where pedestrians activate the lights. Drivers must stop when the red pedestrian signal is illuminated.

Zebra Crossing 

With black and white stripes, zebra crossings mark an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing. Drivers should yield to pedestrians already on the crossing.

How can I tell the difference? One is a school crossing patrol signal and the other is a level crossing warning.

This is a school crossing patrol signal. It is mounted on a post near a school crossing. It might have a school child sign. Amber lights flash alternately.

Warning for level crossings: They are located near railway tracks. They have red and white lights that flash at the same time.

Do I have to stop for pedestrians on a zebra crossing, even without a red light?

Yes, you should yield to pedestrians already on the zebra crossing.