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With school back, be more aware on the roadways

September 14, 2018
Editorial , Lake Placid News

School is back in session for a new academic year, so it's time to remind drivers to be extra careful.

Watch out for school buses. They're hard to miss, but so many drivers get caught up in their own lives and are single-minded about making good time that they don't treat buses with the reverence that they should. It's illegal - for good reason - to pass a school bus when it is stopped with its stop sign out or its red light flashing. If you come across a stopped bus, just stop your own vehicle, be patient and wait.

Bus drivers, we don't have to tell you to be careful. You're carrying your community's most precious cargo every day. It's an honor and a huge responsibility, and we appreciate your good work.

Everyone should be aware of and obey special school speed limits. The one in front of Lake Placid Elementary School is of special concern because so many people use Old Military Road to zip past the village in a hurry.

Students are also walking to and from school, some for the first time. It's our responsibility, as adult drivers, to keep them safe. Give them plenty of time to cross the streets, and keep your eyes peeled for children who might dart out into the street from between parked cars. Drive a little slower around town between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Parents, please take time to teach your children how to travel to and from school safely.

Teenage drivers, please don't be overconfident. Don't think that just because you're a licensed driver, you own the road. Your driving skills may not be as strong as you imagine. Remember that a good driver is defensive and respectful. And if none of that sways you, consider this: You don't want to be the one who gets in a crash on the way to school. Aside from the damage and possible injury, everyone will be talking about you.

A second or two of inattention can result in a tragedy. The Tri-Lakes area has not had that kind of thing happen with school children in recent years. Let's keep that track record going.



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