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County 22

What’s New in County 22?”

In this segment of “What’s New in County 22” I would like to touch base about fall traffic. The summer seems like we are always busy running and doing activities. We’ve had a busy summer with the city events and the fair so when school started, I thought we would get a little break. I forgot about all the fall events that go on. Car cruises, motorcycle rallies, kids back in school, leaf lookers, craft shows, and the farmers are hitting the fields soon from what I have heard.

I have said it time and time again, we need to slow down and take our time. Give the farmers a “brake.” They are out trying to make a living. Be patient and try not to get road rage because that only makes the situation worse and more dangerous.

School is back in session and the school buses are out. Kids are also walking home from school. Be on the lookout for school buses as they may be coming to a stop soon, or slowing to stop. Watch for kids around school buses. Never pass a stopped school bus or you could end up with a hefty fine. We tend to get several school bus violations about this time of year when school is starting up again.

Have a conversation with your kids on the importance of school bus safety and the do’s and don’ts.

  • Bus stop etiquette: Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them how to get on and off the school bus safely.

  • Maintain distance: Teach your child to stand at least six feet away from the curb on the sidewalk for safety reasons.

  • Bus riding etiquette: Inform your child to stay seated facing forward, and to speak in soft voices to not distract the bus driver.

  • Safely crossing the street: If crossing the street in front of the bus is necessary, teach your child to walk on the side of the road until they are ten feet ahead of the bus. This ensures both the child, and the bus driver can see each other.

If you see someone driving recklessly, please give us a call. Let’s all have a safe fall season.

If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me, or stop by to see me.

Thanks, and be safe,

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

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