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Traffic Talk: School's back in session; watch out for children

Don Gammill: Watch for school zones while driving as children return to classes.
by Don Gammill Modified: August 18, 2014 at 5:00 am •  Published: August 18, 2014
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It’s a promise I keep each year as a favor to a man who loved children and watched out for them.

I’ll keep it short, and hope the message will be clear.

Several years ago, a crossing guard I knew only as John called me to ask that I write a reminder for everyone to please slow down in school zones.

It has become an annual event, though John is no longer with us. I promised him I would deliver the message, and have done so now more than a dozen times. It’s one of those things you can’t say enough.

So as the school year resumes, slow down and watch out for the little ones around schools. The signs and blinking lights are there to remind you children are crossing the street. Here’s a chance to be a good (and safe) example for future adults and parents who one day will be driving.

By the way ...

An inattentive driver recently appeared to be texting while speeding through a well-marked school zone.

I say “appeared to be” because she was wiggling her thumb over the phone as she crowded over the line into my lane.

I say “speeding” because I was traveling at the posted reduced speed as she passed me.

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by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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