School’s out

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

For the last month or so, mo­torists on the Burin Penin­sula and across the prov­ince have had to be vig­i­lant, es­pe­cially early in the morn­ing and late in the evening.

That’s when moose have been wan­der­ing in great num­bers, and the re­sult in some in­stances has been ac­ci­dents. Once you hit a bull moose, go­ing at any speed on the high­way, the out­come is usu­ally a dead an­i­mal or one that has to be de­stroyed, and a ve­hi­cle heav­ily dam­aged and even writ­ten off.

In some un­for­tu­nate cases, there have been hu­man in­juries and it’s not out of the realm of pos­si­bil­ity to have a death.

Now, this week, mo­torists will have to be even more cau­tious and alert.

Stu­dents are fin­ish­ing up their school year and with sum­mer here (it of­fi­cially ar­rived Sun­day) they tend to throw cau­tion to the wind.

The last thing on young peo­ple’s minds is a ve­hi­cle, and whether driv­ers are aware they’re nearby or whether they can be seen. When a child is at play, the word ‘safety’ takes a back seat.

This is where mo­torists and par­ents need to be more alert about a child’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Driv­ers have to be ex­tra ob­ser­vant when in a res­i­den­tial area in par­tic­u­lar, and slow down.

Par­ents have to speak with their chil­dren and re­mind them about the dan­gers, which ex­ist when around ve­hi­cles. If par­ents al­low their chil­dren to adopt a care free at­ti­tude for the sum­mer, then they’re tempt­ing fate. And there’s a re­sult, which a mom and a dad could re­gret for the rest of their lives.

Be­cause school comes to an end for two months, it shouldn’t mean safety takes a hia­tus for the same pe­riod.

Also walk on the side of the road fac­ing on­com­ing traf­fic, and never more than two abreast.

Sum­mer safety is not only looking out for ve­hi­cles, but for be­ing cau­tious on or near the wa­ter by obey­ing boat­ing and swim­ming rules, and rid­ing bi­cy­cles in a safe man­ner.

Safety can be a sim­ple ex­er­cise but its im­pact can have a life long ef­fect.

Be safe and be happy. Don’t give ac­ci­dents a chance to change your fu­ture in a neg­a­tive or tragic way.

Ge­orge Macvicar

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