"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over.
We all know what that means -- it's back-to-school time.
Whether we have children in school or not, we should all take note that a new school year is fast approaching.
Buses will be rolling and there will be a lot more vehicles on the road.
Now's the time to make a concerted effort to stay alert and be smarter behind the wheel.
Build in some extra time for your commute…always look twice…stop at all crosswalks…and obey school zone speed limits.
And remember that kids, whether they're walking, driving, or riding bicycles, can be very unpredictable.
Expect the unexpected.
Also, those of us who have children in school should take a minute to talk to them about highway safety.
Remind them to stay alert around vehicles no matter where they may be heading.
That it's important for them to look twice and follow pedestrian rules of the road.
And to people of all ages, please remember that texting while driving – or even while walking – can have deadly consequences.
So, let's all use good common sense, good judgment, and have more patience with each other.
We can help make this a safe and happy start to the new school year.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.