...Please be careful when you are driving. School is back in and there are kids everywhere. I walk with my munchkins every morning to the school and we are luck to be able to walk to the school by way of a linear park. You know, the city closes down a street or gets a railroad right of way and they rehab it into a long skinny park with wide sidewalks to walk down and trees to shade the way. The only time I worry about cars is when we are crossing the street to get to the school,(there's a crossing guard), and when we are going from the apartment complex to the park via the entrance to the complex. I have noticed that our complex gets quite a few "drive-thru's". People who can't be bothered to take the actual road to the place they are going, but instead want to cut through the complex's parking lot to make better time. Who cares that there are kids here, people walking dogs, taking out their trash.....no, let's turn a nice quiet parking lot into the Indy 500 every morning and evening! And these idiots are speeding through, talking or texting on their cell phones, not even paying attention to what is going on around them.....and if they are younger than 30, they have the stereo in their car turned up to ear splitting levels so even if an ambulance came by they wouldn't hear it. It's ridiculous! The other walking moms and I are worried about it. What can you do though? The complex doesn't have a "No thru vehicles" sign, so the drive by's aren't breaking any laws, it's just, I wish people in general would be more careful. Those photos above are from the bus accident in Citra yesterday, where a Tractor Trailer driver who was on his cell phone rear ended a stopped school bus. One child died, many more were injured and if it wasn't for concerned people running over when it happened, more kids would have died! How do you miss a big yellow school bus that is stopped and has all the lights and signs going?? WTF does it take for people to pay just a little more attention when they drive? When we are waiting to cross the street to the school in the mornings, there are drivers who ignore the flashing school zone signs and speed through the intersection. There are also those who ignore the light when it turns red and run it at the expense of the kids safety. Luck for us, the crossing guard is great and makes the kids wait until he gets to the middle of the intersection and then when he is sure all the cars are stopped, he waves everyone on to go ahead and cross. It kills me though that some people are so distracted, or busy that they can't think about what may happen due to their inattentiveness.
So, I will go on and go out every morning and afternoon to the school, herding my munchkins along as they ride their bikes, warning them of any approaching danger, and basically teaching them about good roadsmanship. I'll always have my eye out for the next yokel who isn't paying attention, I may even holler at the ones who are completely oblivious.......and I will be thinking of Frances Schee, and how her parents must miss her terribly.
Hug your children. Slow down. Pay attention. Hang up, and drive.