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Editorial: School's in session, so be careful on the road

Earlier this week students of all ages went back to school in Farmington. There were smiles. There were tears. There were more than a few parents documenting everything with cameras and cell phone videos.

The start of a new school year brings with it plenty of changes to day-to-day life in the city. It means kids no longer have the free time they've gotten used to during the day. It means the return of Friday night football and the crowds that always go along with that.

Most important, though, the patterns of traffic both on the streets and on the sidewalks will change. Students are out in the mornings walking or biking to school and in the afternoons making their way home.

The buses are back too, of course. They are once again making their rounds on city streets, making sure kids who live too far away to get to school on their own get back and forth safely.

We all play a role in this process. We don't drive the buses and we don't hold the crossing-guard flags, but as drivers make their way from place to place there is an increased need to be vigilant.

Watch for kids along sidewalks and at crosswalks. Pay attention to buses, and if you come upon one with its stop arm extended, wait for it. It's the law, for one thing, and it's common sense.

If you are a parent, make sure your children know the rules of being safe on streets and sidewalks. Make sure they know the rules of the bus stop.

It is our responsibility to be alert at all times as we drive the roads of Farmington. That doesn't change now, but there is more to watch for.

Be careful out there.