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Advocate editorial board opinion: Time to become acutely aware of back-to-school youth

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:17 a.m.


Many private schools have already started classes this week, but public schools will resume classes Monday. That means students will be prominent on the sidewalks, on bicycles, in cars, and it means we should be extra careful and aware of their presence.

We said it in the past when school begins, and we will say it again: We need to be doubly careful to avoid any tragic mishaps.

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 returning to their schools and may not have their full attention on driving or riding, as the case may be.

Teens and adults 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 can enjoy a safe return to school if all of us obey the law, and we can practice being respectful to each other as we drive, ride or walk.

We wish all the students well in their new school year, and we wish parents a safe year, as well, as they traverse through the various school zones.

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

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