So long to summer

Where did the summer go? That’s a common refrain among Lillooet residents as they say  goodbye to the lazy (we sure hope so), crazy (it adds to the fun) and hazy (definitely!) days of summer

Summer’s departure also means back to school, back to full work weeks and back to reality. While parents may be breathing a sigh of relief that their kids are headed back to the classroom, it’s an exciting and memorable time for students, particularly the younger ones.

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Kids will be snapping first-day photos, meeting new teachers, checking out the new shoes that will be outgrown or outdated in a matter of months, comparing notes on the newest, coolest tech gadgets and seeing friends again.

As adults, it’s time to refresh our skills for sharing the road with the kids. These students will be heading to class on foot, by bicycle, on buses and in cars. There will be more stopping and more waiting for children to board and unload from buses.

The Canada Safety Council and the RCMP are reminding everyone to be extra-alert, which means reducing driving speed, being more careful on residential streets and respecting speed zones in school and playground zones.

Not only will there be excited first-time bus riders, who will be learning new rules and skills themselves this week, but more excited kids outside in general. They may be less aware of their surroundings and eager to rush across the road without looking. It means we all need to be extra attentive.

In general, drivers should be prepared to have much more patience than they may have had over the two-month hiatus we enjoyed in July and August. Make sure you’re not distracted behind the wheel at any point. Things are about to get much more busy. Be safe.

W.F.

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