Summer is almost over and the beginning of school is just around the corner. This is a good time to remind everyone of some important safety issues. When school starts we need to be aware of children walking, riding bikes and driving to their destinations. We need to start slowing down and looking out for these daily activities that we haven't seen for the past few months.
We will be seeing an increase of new teenage drivers who think they know everything there is to know about driving. Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to be in an accident during their first year of driving than at any other time. We need to remember that there will be school speed limit zones in effect before and after school. Also, starting this year, the fines for speeding in a school zone are doubled. We need to pay attention to school buses and remember that when their stop signs are extended you are required to stop from either direction until the sign is completely withdrawn. Pay extra attention to the location of children around school bus stops, as this is where they will most likely have the potential of running into the street while trying to catch their bus or returning home after school.
The cross walks will once again be used by younger students walking and riding their bikes to school. We need to pay attention to these crossings and remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way in all circumstances. When the lights are used at cross walks you are required to stop until the intersection is clear and then you can proceed with caution. Parents need to remind their children to be aware of their surroundings and reinforce that if a stranger approaches them they need to let an adult know as soon as possible.
The beginning of school can be very exciting for both the students and parents. If we all take just a few minutes to think about the items I have pointed out everyone will have a safe and enjoyable new school year.