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Let’s be sure we drive safely in school zones

January 6, 2011

Now that the holiday season is over, we can begin to get back into some familiar routines. For many of us, that includes some type of arrangement for getting our children to school in the morning and back home again in the afternoon. For those of us who work, it can be a harried time. We’re balancing their schedule with ours, trying to get to work, then maybe take a quick afternoon break so we can rush to the school and pick up the children and deliver them to a relative’s house, daycare or home.

We’ve all been outside school buildings when the final bells rings. They are a beehive of activity, with children scampering everywhere, and cars lined up waiting. Obviously, the potential for an accident is increased. Fortunately, however, there have been few of those over the years.

That’s because most of us observe the speed limits in school zones and are aware of the potential danger.
Here are some important points to remember:

• Slow down. Always obey the speed limit when traveling through neighborhoods and school zones.

• Be attentive. Watch for children gathering near bus stops and walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks.
• Remain alert. Hurried children may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

• And please, please, please ... put away those cell phones when negotiating the areas around schools.

None of us is so busy, nor is there any emergency so important that we can afford to put our young people at risk by driving in an unsafe manner.

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