by Jim Buell
As the summer winds down, fall brings many changes and one of those is that school is now back in session. With that our responsibilities change and as vehicle operators we need to take an extra moment and make sure we are:
- Watching out for the children walking or riding bikes to school.
- Watching out for the children waiting for the bus.
- Stopping for school buses flashing their lights – look out for kids whose focus is on the bus, not you. Penalties for not doing so are five points on your license and a $243 fine.
- Following the crossing guard’s directions – they are there to protect the children on their way to and from school.
- Not parking in the circle at Shelburne Community School. If you need to leave your vehicle, even for a minute, please park at Davis Park and escort your child to the building. It is VERY important that room be left for emergency vehicle access to the building.
- Not stopping on the railroad tracks on Harbor Road (I see this almost daily). Wait to cross if traffic is backed up and remember to leave room for the gate should it drop so it doesn’t hit your vehicle. Stay behind the painted line on the road.
Thank you for helping us keep our town safe, and remember fire prevention/safety isn’t just one week of the year, but all 52
– Jim Buell is a Shelburne Fire Department former assistant chief