It’s that time of year again, and we know we shouldn’t have to say it but we will anyway, just in case.
For most of the area schools, summer break began Thursday, which means the kiddos are on vacation and likely will be out playing and cavorting.
Some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens, the future of the nation, will be out with friends, undoubtedly riding their bicycles, chasing squirrels or whatever this generation likes to do outdoors for the next nearly 90 days.
Young people don’t always make the best decisions. Oftentimes it’s up to us, adults, to keep out a wary eye, use extreme caution and help the children.
That means no slowing down, coming to a complete stop at all stop signs and, basically, being hyper-attentive to obey all traffic laws.
That means keeping an eye out for youth who might find themselves in a bind and need the help of a responsible adult.
However, the caution should go both ways. Teens and children need to be mindful of their actions.
Pretty soon, the weather will break and temperatures will begin to cool. Some areas will see leaves changing colors on trees and students will be preparing to wake up early mornings again, hop on those buses and head back to classes.
With that comes a whole other list of safety precautions.
But in the meantime, while the weather’s hot and school is out, let’s be sure to keep safety as job one to protect our most precious assets: our children.