Protect our children, follow the law

School busses are back on South Mississippi streets. As the familiar yellow buses pick up and deliver their precious cargo, our children, the rest of us on the road need to pay attention. All of us need to be extra careful when we see one of these buses making a stop.

Make sure you obey the stop sign put out by the bus driver and give the children plenty of room to cross the street. When you approach a school zone, remember the speed limit is only 15 miles an hour when children are present.

We also hope the state legislature passes a bill known as Nathan's Law to increase penalties for people who break traffic laws in school zones. Nathan's Law is named for five-year-old Nathan Key of Laurel who was killed last year when a motorist went around a stopped school bus and struck the child.

The tougher penalties would require the driver's license being suspended for 30 days and a sentence of up to a year in jail for the first offense.

Nathan's law didn't make it out of conference committee last year. We hope lawmakers don't let it die again.

In our busy lives we all are in a hurry to get somewhere, but please remember when you see a yellow school bus or approach a school zone, slow down and protect the life of that youngster who is the future of our country.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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