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Advocate editorial board opinion: School begins; please exercise care when driving

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 20, 2010 at 3:20 a.m.
Updated Aug. 22, 2010 at 3:22 a.m.


We urge you not just to be careful this week, but doubly careful when driving in Victoria - be ever respectful of each other. Public schools resumed classes today, the beginning of a new school year, and everybody is excited because we have two new high schools and a middle school.

But parents and students also have new streets to navigate to get to these schools, and none of us are familiar with the ins and outs of these new destinations.

So be on the lookout for youths walking along the streets and perhaps talking on their cell phones or listening to their MP3 or digital players - they can be completely oblivious to their surroundings. Students should be aware of vehicles when crossing a street, especially between automobiles - drivers cannot stop fast enough, and for that matter, they don't always see students to stop in time.

Seasoned drivers should watch out for bicyclists and youths driving to school, as well. Naturally, many of these students are very excited about the new schools and may not have their full attention on driving or riding, as the case may be.

Teens driving should be reminded about the law that prohibits use of cell phones in school zones. Police will be out looking for drivers who are breaking that law and others, and they will be issuing citations to those who ignore the law.

We want this school year to be really successful, not just in our students' new classrooms, but in terms of safety.

Nothing could burst the bubble of excitement more than some terrible accident involving students trying to attend school. We urge all to be careful and respect others who are traversing what will be well-traveled routes in time.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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