Summer is winding down, and it's time for parents, teachers and students to think about that yearly rite of passage, the first day of school. Well, Monday is the day. And as we focus on making sure the kids have school supplies and getting past those first day jitters, I encourage everybody to renew a commitment to safety.
Recently, Transportation Director for the Jonesboro Public Schools Mickey Long had a warning for us, he said: "When the school bus is stopped with its sign out and the red lights flashing, it is against the law to pass that school bus. And that's the most important thing. That's probably our biggest issue, people running our red lights on the school busses."
Remember that kids cross in front of a school bus when crossing the street and ignoring this warning can put young lives in danger.
Also, we need to be careful in school zones. Pay attention to the speed limit and remember that safety is more important than anything on your mobile phone. So put it down!
Keeping safety in mind and being patient around school buses and school zones will help keep our children safe and make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager