"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
After a long and dreary winter, followed by a cold, wet Spring, Summer is finally in sight.
The air is warm, the trees are in full bloom and our collective cabin fever has broken.
More and more of us are enjoying outdoor activities.
With the end of the school year approaching, more young adults will be taking to the roads – primed to celebrate their academic achievement and educational freedom for a few months.
We'll spot carloads of teens at every turn – loud bass pumping, lots of silliness……and no doubt the normal sense of invincibility all teenagers seem to have.
And there will likely be the major driving distractions our tech-driven world provides – cell phones, mp3 players, and cameras.
This spring and summer, we encourage young drivers to take a minute before you crank the engine and make the decision to be a safe and attentive driver.
Ask yourself, "Are my actions behind the wheel – or even as a passenger – potentially dangerous to myself or others?...
Is sending a 3-letter text message worth my life?...
Can't we be a little less rowdy ‘til we get where we're going?"
And parents, let's also take the time to remind our young drivers to earn the responsibility we've given them.
Look, we don't want to limit your fun, teenagers should be teenagers.
We just want to make sure you return home safely each time you head out on the road.
Stay aware, please don't text while driving, and don't let your friends influence you to do stupid things.
Now with all that said, have a great, safe summer!
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.