COLUMN: Whether driver, biker or pedestrian, pay attention to your surroundings

— It is our responsibility as drivers, walkers and bikers to make sure we pay attention to our surroundings. As parents, it is our responsibility to instill this same lesson upon our children.

As our children return to school this week, they will be walking our village streets, through our neighborhoods and some even along main roadways. They will excitedly be talking with friends about activities happening during and after school. Drivers: Pay attention and expect the unexpected during this back-to-school transition. Walkers and bikers: Respect the danger vehicles present and the permanent damage they can inflict. Everyone: Set aside the distractions, focus on your surroundings and, above all, stay safe.

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