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School is Back in Session

School is back in session. That means several things. It means our youngsters are once again having their young minds stimulated. It means that retail establishments are enjoying a boost in sales. It means that parents are spending less on daycare. It means that school buses are running and making frequent stops. It means that many kids are walking to and from school.

My drive to work was interesting this morning. I was driving down the inside lane of a four-lane road. There was a school bus in the outside lane. The car in front of me was running a normal rate of speed until she drew even with the bus. Once she was right beside it, she slowed down to match its speed, which effectively trapped me into running 20 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour speed zone. We were nowhere near a school zone, and the streets weren’t slick.

I don’t know the lady’s reason for pacing the school bus for the few miles that she did so. I don’t know if she was looking for a specific child through the windows or if she was just afraid to pass the bus in case it stopped to load kids. Whatever the reason, I was relieved when she finally resumed a normal rate of speed and passed the bus.

Thanks to her meandering along with the bus, I barely made it to work on time. I made it with four minutes to spare, but that’s cutting it pretty close. I know, I should have left my house early enough to account for any traffic delays, but sometimes life happens and I oversleep or can’t find a shoe. No worries, I will be leaving my house good and early in the morning to deal with the extra traffic. I should mention that I have to be at work at 7:00 a.m. I would truly hate to see the 8 o’clock traffic.

Buses aren’t the only thing for which we should be watchful. We should always watch where we’re going, but especially now that school is back in session. Kids often get distracted and forget to be safe. They get absorbed in their own little worlds and run right out in front oncoming vehicles. I’ve even seen a child or two veer off into the street from the sidewalk due to cell phone distraction.

Now that school is back in session, we all need to pay attention to our driving, be patient, be considerate, and allow plenty of time to reach wherever we’re going. So, let’s put down the cell phones, coffee, breakfast, makeup, and any other distractions to make certain everyone arrives to their destinations safely.

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