EDITORIAL: Are you in the zone?

School days are right around the corner; as are crosswalks and excited kids. Time to pay attention to school zones.

Tuesday, Sept. 3 marks the start of the school year for most students in the Kootenays.

As drivers everywhere know, this is a time for increased enforcement of school 30 km/h zones.

Such enforcement is necessary: kids and parents alike are excited to be heading back and no routines have been established this early on.

When Little Johnny or Suzy decides to run in front of your car because he/she sees their best friend at the playground who they haven’t seen in forever… will you, as a driver, be ready?

Penticton mayoral candidate Garry Litke has spoken out about his desire to see the return of photo radar, particularly in certain school zones in that city; a move the Southern Interior Local Governments Association supports.

Before we see officers peering out from behind the hedge with radar guns, let’s all take a moment to realize that kids have little chance versus vehicles.

Bikes, skateboards, scooters and little feet are surprisingly swift. It only takes a moment of inattention for a tragedy to occur.

Summer has a wonderful way of sapping our collective attention spans and, for the most part, that’s what we love about the season. But when the bell rings, be sure to holster the cellphone, give yourself enough time to get the lunches made and the kids properly attired before heading out onto the roads.

You won’t just save yourself a ticket. You’’ll possibly save a life.

 

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