"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
We would like to congratulate all the students that are graduating this year and preparing for life after high school.
We wish you great success whether you are continuing your education or venturing into the workforce.
And for all of the parents and teachers that have mentored and supported these students, we say job well done.
Now that the end of the school year is fast approaching, more young adults will be taking to the roads – primed to celebrate their academic achievement and educational freedom for a few months.
We want to 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.
All that said, have a great, safe summer!