The weeks of summer seem to have flown by. Stores have fall merchandise on display, most summer vacations are just memories - and the kids are headed back to school.
That means law enforcement agencies throughout our area are on special alert, for good reason: The school year makes special demands on motorists. Some are slow to adjust for a new season of flashing "school zone" lights and slow-moving school buses. Police know it takes just a single lapse for an accident to occur.
For the next few weeks, then, many law enforcement departments will be making the safety of school children a top priority. Police vehicles will be more visible around schools. Officers will be issuing reminders about special laws intended to protect children.
We urge area motorists to pay special attention.
Obey the laws. Fifteen miles an hour can seem awfully slow when you're in a hurry to get to work, but it can seem terribly fast when a child darts out onto the street in front you.
The same idea is relevant for motorists who encounter stopped school buses on rural roads. When they're motionless, either loading students onto the bus or allowing them to get off, the youngsters are at great risk. That's why the lights flashing on a stopped bus mean "stop." No ifs, ands or buts about it.
After several weeks in which schools were not in session, many motorists have become a bit less attentive than they are when classes are in session. Law enforcement agencies warn there can be no lag time in adjusting for the new school year.
They are absolutely right about that. School is in session again. Let's all pay attention - and keep the kids safe.