Friday, August 5, 2011

Back to school message: Be Safe

I saw the buses out practicing their routes the other day and I thought, "Oh, Lord, it's still too hot!" And it is too hot. We have had bad news lately about student athletes falling victim to heat exhaustion, even dying. Please be careful in this heat. Pay close attention to your own body's signals and pay attention to the condition of your teammates. Don't push yourselves (no matter what anyone says.)

Also, below is a safety message from Dunwoody Police Chief Grogan - it's important and appropriate for everyone to read:

The start of the new school year presents many challenges; for students; teachers; parents; and for the police department. Our primary concern as the new year begins, of course, is the safety of our students. The first few weeks will be hectic. I expect traffic to be extremely congested around all of the schools with parents taking students to school, school buses in action and the general motoring public trying to get where they are going. Of course, the sidewalks will be filled with walkers as well. In some instances, this can be a recipe for disaster.

To that end, the Dunwoody Police Department will be stepping up our traffic enforcement efforts around all of our schools. We are bringing in additional officers to help with this effort. Our #1 priority is the safety of our children. We will not tolerate careless and reckless driving on the part of anyone. This includes teachers, students, bus drivers, parents and anyone else. If you commit a violation, expect to receive a citation.

Of course we hope everyone will obey the law and there will be no need to issue any tickets. For that to happen, we need your help and cooperation. Here are a few key ways each of you can help.

  • Leave earlier for work, school or wherever you are going. Motorists tend to speed more when they are running late.
  • Be courteous. You can’t control the actions of others but you can control your actions.
  • Stop at the stop signs. You will not gain any time at all by rolling through them.
  • Give pedestrians the right of way, especially in a cross walk.
  • Expect delays, especially during the first few weeks, and plan accordingly.
  • Pay attention. Accidents happen in many cases due to driver inattention. Don’t talk on your phone, text, eat, fix your hair or do anything else except drive. 
  • Drive like your life and the life of others depends on your driving because they do.
  • I think if I asked, everyone would agree that the safety of our children as they travel to, attend and travel home from school is extremely important. Please show you agree by driving safely as the new school year begins. 
 Be safe.

My uncle was a state highway patrolman. Every time he had to investigate an accident it took a little piece of his heart. Our police officers care deeply about our safety. Please don't give them a reason to have to fill out any accident reports. Slow down. Put away your phones. Be kind to others on the road.

Kids: remember - be yourself, do your best and work hard to make the best of the gifts God gave you! Like the side of the barn at the Spruill Gallery says, "Everything will be OK."

Here's to a great year!


Open+Transparent said...

Friday, 3:30 pm, I'm traveling on 78 West in Gwinnett County by Stone Mountain. A DeKalb County School Police vehicle, with "PC46" on the back, comes flying by, WAY over the speed limit, no lights on, cuts me off, cuts another vehicle off, and changes three lanes without a turn signal.

I'm guessing it wasn't school-related business.

Anonymous said...

Must have been out testing the limits. Report him. I always report county employee in their cars/trucks doing stupid stuff. The county wouldn't know otherwise. Report it.

Anonymous said...

Do bus drivers, seriously, have to "practice" their routes?

Anonymous said...

Yes - bus drivers have to practice their routes so they know where the stops are prior to the first day. Once students get on the bus, do you really want the driver checking a map or trying to listen to a GPS above the noise of all the kids?

Cerebration said...

In the past, the software that plotted the routes would plot a path that sometimes couldn't be driven - like the road would come to a dead-end and pick up elsewhere. Or drivers would find that it's not a safe place to turn or turn around. They definitely have to do a dry run and I'm glad they do. It's a safety issue.

Shoes Keep Dropping said...

Now if David Guillory and staff would only use the program that was purchased and sits unused, you would see much more efficient bus routes! But they would still need to do practice runs!