To the editor:
It is that time of year once again when early morning and afternoon traffic includes school buses, parents and young student drivers who are transporting our most precious cargo to and from our seven school buildings.
During the first week of school drivers typically are more aware of the buses and additional traffic not so prevalent during the summer break. Unfortunately, as the year progresses, the natural tendency is to easily forget that over 4,000 students are moving about our community every morning and every afternoon.
I encourage every driver on the road during the critical hours from 6:30 - 8:30 am and from 2:30 -- 4:30 pm to pay extra close attention to pedestrian traffic, bus stops, school zones, big yellow school buses both moving and stopped and of course all other vehicles.
It is the desire of us all to safely transport our students to and from school without incident or injury. Traffic laws are in place to help ensure that happens. Remember, always stop for a stopped school bus, regardless of flashing lights being present or not. It is never wise to pass a stopped school bus. Always reduce your speed to 25 mph or less when traveling in a school zone. Such a speed may try your patience, but it will also save lives. Being tardy for school or work is much preferred over causing injury to yourself or another. Please slow down and obey all traffic laws. The safety and well-being of all depends on it. ...
Jim L. LeBrun,
McDuffie County Schools