"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.
Here we go…another fleeting summer in the rearview mirror.
School is back in session! A tough reality for the kids.
For adults, the wheels keep spinning round and round…and that’s our reminder.
Roads and streets are once again jammed with school traffic.
And those big yellow buses – hibernating the last few months – well, they’re back, too.
So here’s our plea to you: plan ahead.
Give yourself a little extra time for your morning commute and afternoon errands.
Slow down in school zones. Watch out for the little ones not paying attention for themselves.
Last year a student in Rowan County died on the way to class. Killed by a driver who didn’t stop for the bus.
A big yellow bus…a flashing red stop arm – pretty hard signs to miss.
Still, on just one day last year – March 18th, to be exact – 3,117 people in North Carolina failed to stop for a school bus.
That’s three thousand selfish and careless acts that put innocent kids in harm’s way.
We’re not that busy…we’re not in that big a hurry.
And that’s why we’re imploring you to “Brake 4 Buses.” It’s a WBTV “On Your Side” school year campaign.
You’ll be seeing a lot of this: “HASH-TAG, BRAKE 4 BUSES.”
If you see something that concerns you, let us know and we’ll investigate.
And let’s make sure every student has a safe trip to and from school.