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School’s in, school buses out; use caution on the road

Just days after students throughout Harrison County had returned to the classroom last week, a thoughtless, reckless driver could have killed your child or a friend’s child, ending a life and ruining the lives of loved ones left behind. All for the sake of a brief chat on a cell phone.
Sound far-fetched? Impossible?
Hardly.
A couple of weeks ago, we ran a story about the rules and guidelines school bus drivers must follow, like coming to a complete stop at regular pick-up sites and checking empty buses at the end of routes to make sure a child hasn’t fallen asleep in the back of the bus. Drivers have also been told to jot down the license plate number of any vehicle that whizzes past a bus while the stop arm is out.
While that evidence wouldn’t be conclusive as to the identity of the driver, those numbers could be a big help in tracking down the offender. Most car owners know, if not themselves, who has been behind the wheel at any given time.
There are plenty of worries to go around these days, including terrorist plots to blow us all to smithereens.
Thanks to the vigilance of the United Kingdom and the United States, such a dastardly plan was uncovered and stopped in the nick of time last week. The whole situation gives pause to concerns above government eavesdropping into phone calls or e-mails of suspected terrorists or persons who have ties to suspected terrorists.
We now have a new set of restrictions to follow when it comes to flying the ‘friendly’ skies, but most airline travelers are meeting those new requirements thankfully. What could have happened instead is unfathomable, so it really can’t be a big deal to pack hand lotion, shampoo or conditioner in check-in luggage or buying it upon arrival instead of packing it into a carry-on.
Cell phones are a wonderful invention, and have proven to be quite helpful if you need to call for, say, directions or need to reach someone in an emergency. Cell phone users are also helping to keep our highways free of suspected drunk drivers.
But is it really asking too much that drivers pull off the road before they make a call or receive one?
After all, it’s almost impossible to carry on a conversation of any length without losing the signal, so it makes sense to stop and take advantage of a strong signal, if you are lucky enough to find one in rural areas such as ours.
There are obviously good reasons why a motorist should pay attention while they are on the road and to stop whenever a school bus driver puts the stop arm out. That bus is stopping to pick up a child or let off a child, who could be walking across the street at the same time. Please don’t fail to drive with care.

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