Last updated: August 13. 2014 2:28PM - 112 Views
Ted Smith Contributing Columnist



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OK, I realize none of us want to hear that our summer is almost over. However, the real truth is simply this: throughout our beloved state, vacations are being cut short to accommodate for the 2014-2015 school year.


What does that mean to most households? Undoubtedly it is the realization that once again we will all have to adjust to new schedules, as well as recalling safe driving practices.


Most of us are so accustomed to getting up, and in many cases speeding to our first appointment without even considering the need to readjust our mindset that our children are heading back to the classroom. So, here is a great tip for your consideration: just as the children and teachers are heading back into the classroom, let’s all make a promise to adapt our departing time and allow some extra minutes for the stops and starts of those big yellow buses.


And while you are adjusting, why not realize you also need to watch out for children crossing the streets. The school zones are closely watched by our policemen and rightfully so.


Nobody should feel that what they do is so important they should be allowed to ignore safe driving rules and regulations at any time, let alone during normal school hours and in every school zone. Every school year, somewhere in America, a driver fails to adjust their driving habits and a child, or children, fails to get home safely.


Please do not let yourself be forced to live the rest of your life with the memory of ending someone else’s life by driving unsafely. Remember, those buses are painted yellow for a reason. They are easy to see, so why not be preventive and when you see a bus, and especially when its lights are flashing, slow down, stop when directed, and let our children come home safely.


This is also a time when sports minded individuals start thinking about football, which also means we need to be mindful that every Friday evening our local teams and its followers will be on the highway, so you must also be mindful of the extra traffic from Friday afternoon through Saturday and even some Sunday games.


Bottom line is this: Extra vehicles will be on our highways, distracted and excited individuals will be dispersed on our crowded highways, so watch out for everyone and let’s all have a safe and winning record when it comes to our children and our highways.


Here at your Chamber, we strive to be here for our local schools, our teams, and our Chamber investors. Should you wish to be a vital part of your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce, stop by Community Hall in downtown Newberry, or call (803) 276-4274 and allow either Liz, Michelle, or me to tell you of the many benefits awaiting you through your Chamber membership investment.

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