It's back to school time and that means mornings will be a little more hectic as parents rush around to get the kids out the door, on to school, and then on to work on time. With that in mind, we'd like to remind everyone to show a little more caution, pay a little more attention. Watch out for kids walking to and from school, and make sure that we slow down in school zones. When we're dropping off or picking up, let's commit to put the cell phone down and pay attention to the children - ours and others - weaving in and out of car lines.
If you have children riding the bus, make sure you do everything possible to teach them about getting safely on and off a bus. Did you know that almost three times as many kids are killed each year getting on and off a bus than are killed in bus crashes themselves? Most of those killed are only five to seven years old and they are killed in the "danger zone"- that immediate area right around the bus. Every driver should know it is illegal for a vehicle to pass a bus with its lights flashing. But these are little kids we're talking about. They have little experience with traffic. They are just excited to get on or off the bus and may act before they think.
Each year it seems to get a little more hectic and each year accidents seem to spike from mid-August to October as we get back into the swing of things. Folks, just one accident is one too many. Do your part to help this school year get off to a safe start.
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