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Safety: Drivers must watch out for school children

It may be a different kind of school year, but some concerns remain. One is the safety of students — both those on buses and those walking or riding their bikes to school — as drivers adjust after six months of having no such worries.

“Our top priority is the safety of students and staff, and that includes on their way to and from school,” said Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook. “We just urge everyone to slow down, give yourself a little more time to get where you’re going and to be very watchful for buses and students, especially in school zones.”

That caution includes driving without distractions — whether they be cell phones or sandwiches — that might keep your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel.

Follow the rules when it comes to school zones and driving near school buses. Always be prepared to stop.

Though doing the right thing and keeping kids safe should be enough incentive, it’s worth remembering there are financial penalties and the possibility of points added to drivers’ licenses if school zone and school bus laws are broken.

“It’s easy to become distracted with everything everyone has going on,” said Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer. “But we just want to be extra careful during school time.”

Pay attention, folks. Our kids have a lot on their minds, and may not always be thinking about where they are walking (or running) as they head to and from school each day. They are depending on you.

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