School is back in session, at least in Mobile and a couple of smaller districts. But since they've just had a summer off, we've also had a summer off from 15 mph school zones and flashing lights telling us to slow down, because kids are present.
On a side note, there should be an age limit to school zones. True story: When I went to school at Western Washington University, there was a school zone there -- 20 mph "when children are present." Umm, that would be never; the children at a university tend to be full grown adults. Glad South doesn't have such a silly sign anywhere. (They don't, do they?)
But back to today. I was driving down Sage Avenue this morning and saw the flashing 15 mph sign, and saw the woman who usually directs traffic outside Westlawn Elementary. I didn't see the police this morning, but I bet they'll be around this afternoon. Or near the school you drive by. And yes, I know you're on Cottage Hill Road when you pass by Fonde Elementary, and it's hard to go that sloooooow. But it's still a school zone and you're on a really busy street with little kids around. So discipline! Stay off the phone and stick to that 15 mph speed.
And remember, when you see a bus stopping and its stop sign coming out.... please actually stop. You are required to stop in both directions unless it's a divided highway you're on.
On behalf of the little ones, and maybe a college student or two, thanks.
Here are the first day of classes for our regional public school districts:
- Mobile County Tuesday, August 8th
- Baldwin County Monday, August 21st
- Escambia County Thursday, August 10th
- Santa Rosa County Monday, August 14th
- Chickasaw Thursday, August 10th
- Saraland Tuesday, August 8th
- Satsuma Wednesday, August 9th
[School Bus Photo by Getty Images]