Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
School's in... so drive carefully
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 6 Sep 2006, p. 6

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School's in... so drive carefully

It's hard to imagine that the summer of 2006 is officially over for Halton students (and parents). While it may not officially wind down until Sept. 23, once the kids head back to school the carefree days of summer are just a sweet memory. This time of year can be particularly scary for motorists and students alike. Our congested roadways do not make it easy for bus drivers to collect their charges -- especially if they are being tailed by an impatient motorist late for work. All one has to do is look at the main arterial roads to see what commuters are up against as they try to get to work on time. Drivers are already forced to concentrate on long lines of traffic, speeding and aggressive motorists and those individuals who refuse to slow down for a yellow light. As well, drivers often deal with youngsters and teens who pay little heed to the rules of the road. Little ones who dart across the street and teens who think they can saunter into oncoming traffic are every driver's worse nightmare. But it is up to you, the motorist, to do everything possible to ensure our students arrive at school safe and sound. These are some of the reasons Halton Regional Police officers step up traffic enforcement in an effort to remind drivers to be extra cautious now that classes have resumed. Project Safe Start is already under way here with an emphasis on five S's-- speeding, seatbelts, stop signs, school zones and school buses. Basically, it means motorists had better be paying attention to what's going on around them and that means hanging up the cell phone and to stop fiddling with the car's stereo system. The police are also asking drivers to be courteous to each other and the children. So think twice before sending a rude gesture and laying on the horn if you feel slighted. Safe Start continues until Sept. 15, but you can bet traffic cops will be keeping a careful watch on drivers as they make their way around the city long after this particular program wraps up.

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School's in... so drive carefully