Students Return, And So Should Careful Driving

Classes for the fall semester at area schools are scheduled to begin this week. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their campuses.

It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an extra measure of caution while buses are on local highways are over. So, on your way to or from work, remember to keep a sharp eye peeled for those big yellow buses. Obey the law that prohibits passing stopped buses. Obey school zone speed limits and take note of the new three-signal traffic light outside Falconer Middle-High School that didn’t exist back in June. And, in all districts but particularly in Jamestown, keep an eye peeled for children walking to school. Take an extra second at crosswalks and be wary of children darting into the street from between parked cars.

Let’s keep the kids safe this year. And, parents, do your part to make sure your children know how to get to and from school safely. Remember, a second or two of inattention can result in a tragedy.