BACK TO SCHOOL
by Sheriff Dennis Dotson
It’s time to start back to school. We need to get back in the habit of knowing where our neighborhood schools are. There are more than 15 public and private schools located around Lincoln County. Each morning and afternoon when school is in session, children are walking to and from school and when they are present a school speed zone is in effect. That speed limit is 20 mph in a posted school zone between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a day when school is in session, or if the zone is equipped with a flashing yellow light then the speed limit is in effect when it is flashing.
It’s vital that we obey these speed limits as our children’s safety is at stake. These schools include kindergarten through twelfth grade. Some of these children are five years old and very small. A parked car can obscure their view of you, and your view of them. These young people often fail to realize the importance of looking before they walk or run out into the roadway. Driving at 20 mph will give you more time to react and avoid striking them.
As citizens we must protect our children. Traffic crashes are one of the deadliest hazards our children face. Let’s do our part when we pass these schools by slowing down, watching, and expecting the unexpected.
Another safety issue is for parents to ensure that their children’s coats and backpacks do not have loose cords attached to them. In some areas outside of Lincoln County, children have had these cords become entangled in the bus doors as they exited the bus. The drivers have thought the child was safely off the bus, but as the bus drove away the children were dragged. Everyone needs to do their part to ensure the safety of our children.
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