(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:31 PM You might want to sip your coffee, milk or juice a little quicker this morning, and surely not tarry over your cereal, bagel, oatmeal, pastry, eggs or hotcakes.
Calcasieu Parish schools open today, meaning traffic in school zones will be fiercer than the last 10 weeks.
Patience is not only a virtue here, it is a necessity. And it can be a teachable moment for parents, whose reaction to the stress of more traffic can be an example for young, impressionable minds.
Motorists dropping off students can avert some of the problems if they give their passengers instructions or last-minute tips before they pull into the school’s unloading area.
Certain schools’ zones have chronic loading and unloading issues. Instead of griping about it, be proactive and leave your home 15 minutes earlier.
Be mindful, also, that most school zones have a reduced speed limit 7-9 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Inattention to such details will likely earn you a speeding ticket.
Remember that it is against the law to pass a school bus that has its stop signs and red lights activated. Doing so may also earn you a ticket. Worse, it could result in a tragic accident.
State police have issued the following tips for students walking or biking to school:
• Do not cross the street alone if you are younger than 10 years old.
• Always stop at the curb before crossing the street.
• Walk — do not run — across the street.
• Look left, right and left again before crossing.
• Walk facing traffic.
• Make sure drivers see you before crossing the street in front of them.
• Cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus.
• At railroad crossings, stop and look both ways. If on a bike, walk it across the crossing.
• When riding a bicycle always wear a proper-fitting bicycle helmet.
These rules are paramount today, but also apply for the next nine-and-a-half months.
So as unpleasant a notion, set your alarm clock 20 minutes early. Just a few extra minutes of cushion and an undivided focus on the roadway can avert a tragedy.
This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.
Posted By: Pat, A local tax payer On: 8/14/2013
Title: traffic "Power Centre PWKY"
The traffic going to the school was horrific ,I can understand taking one lane up for pick up, but come on this crap is ridiculous. Both north bound lanes and one south bound at a stand still caused serious issues for other commuters and certinaly not far. there were cars having to get in oncoming traffic lanes just to get through. This is going to be a real problem if not fixed real soon, PLEASE lets fix this
Posted By: Darlene P lake charles On: 8/14/2013
Title: charter school traffic
Frist day of school and already ticked off.. My self and other drivers returning to work or errands had to put ourselves at risk by getting in on coming traffic in order to get to our destation. The school traffic was backed up past the school on hwy 14 both lanes turning for the charter school ,thers needs to be a police there to help with this or set up different grades to be let out at different times or turn off prien behind home depot ,THIS is REDICULOUSNESS AND NEEDS TO STOP .Before it gets any worse, by the time I made it back to work which I was late doing because of this, there where at least 5 peoplein the parking lot talking about the same thing one guy even called police he said. I have no problem with the school or parents but Iam sorry there are not the only ones that need to be some where