ORANGE - Crossing guards in the City of Orange are getting more authority, according to Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr.

Soon guards will be cross-trained and empowered to write tickets for non-moving violations such as parking and expired meters.

Hawkins says he believes the move will help bring in more revenues from tickets and fines.

The mayor insists crossing guards will always place the safety of children above all else, but some parents tell News 12 New Jersey they're concerned the plan could distract guards from doing their job.