Safety important after time change

Howell Dennis

NEWS EDITOR

CROWLEY – With the start of the new time change, children walking to school or awaiting the school bus in the morning have been doing so in nearly complete darkness.

It is important for motorists to be aware of the students who are on the streets during the early morning hours when they make their commute to work.

“It makes it difficult when the school bus arrives at 6:30 a.m.,” said John Dailey of Ross Elementary. “We keep our lights on at the school to help the arriving students safe but we can’t control those who are on their way.”

Ross Elementary student Jasmine Chapman has her own rule of safety.

“I just wait close to our house until I see the school bus coming,” said Chapman. “That way I am not too close to the road.”

Pam Dequeant, principal of North Crowley Elementary, had a message for motorists that travel near school zones.

“People need to be aware when they are in school zones that they have children walking down the streets,” she said. “The children should also avoid horseplay on the roads when they are on their way to school.”

Thankfully there have been no accidents thus far. However, that doesn’t mean that extra precautions shouldn’t be taken by both the students and the motorists.

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