Editorial: Time to pay attention

Editorial: Time to pay attention

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018:

It's that time of the year again when area children are returning to school. With that return, big, yellow school buses return to the roadways in masses, loaded with precious cargo. As daily commuters can attest, morning traffic will slow down as more parents, students and buses travel simultaneously to their various destinations. That is why this is the perfect time to remind everyone to take care and pay even more attention while driving.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA), since 2007 through 2016, 52 children were been killed in school-transportation related crashes where they were struck by another vehicle. Very few of these fatalities occur on the bus. One-third of the fatalities occur when a child has been struck by a motorist who has failed to stop for the school bus. Children are dying each year because a motorist didn't abide by a very simple law – come to a complete stop when children are entering or exiting a school bus.

Absolutely nothing is so important to risk the life and well-being of a child, so I plead with you, keep that phone out of your hands, your eyes on the road, and when you see those bus lights flashing, do that unsuspecting child a favor – STOP.

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