Editorial: Back to school
Two incidents in as many days of drivers crossing the double yellow line to pass a slower vehicle are troubling. They took place on Route 33 and Drum Hill Road, passing a car that was not exactly dawdling.
It is especially troubling now that school is back in session.
School has been open a little more than a week, and we are still adjusting to our fall schedules. After a break from seeing buses on the roads, they are back, and they sometimes delay traffic. So, if you can’t be patient and wait — and sometimes it can be trying as a bunch of kids make their way onto the bus talking, checking their phones, saying good-bye to Mom or Dad caring not a whit for the line of cars forming in both directions — take note of what time it is and adjust your schedule a few minutes before or after.
Never, ever, ever pass a school bus in either direction when it’s red lights are flashing. Do not tailgate a school bus.
Become familiar with the bus stops in your neighborhood and be extra careful in the morning as you drive on residential roads, keeping an eye out for youngsters waiting for the bus. You never know when someone might dart out from a driveway.
Be extra careful when driving past schools. Earlier this week there was a collision at the intersection of Route 7 and Catalpa Road, right at Wilton High School. It was shortly after school let out, at a time when traffic can be extra heavy. All it took was for one driver — not a student, by the way — to run the stop sign and send two people to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.
Parents, teach your children to obey school bus safety rules:
• Stay out of the road when waiting for the bus.
• Use handrails when getting on and off.
• If crossing in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead until the driver is visible.
• When the driver signals for students to cross, they should look right and left before doing so.
And, though no one ever listens to this, slow down. Many of our roads are narrow and winding. Visibility can be poor. It is impossible to know if there is a bicyclist, runner, walker, or even a fallen tree limb around the next curve. Or maybe a stopped school bus with kids getting on or off.