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Our View: Safety first this spring and summer

The changing season brings a shift in activities.

The sun starts to shine, and people dust off their bicycles, running shoes and fishing rods, to name a few. Families and friends gather for barbecues, camping and boating.

It's easy to get caught up in the beauty of spring and summer happenings, making it difficult to remember to put safety first. That's why we're offering a friendly reminder to be responsible and respectful in such festivities and sporting events.

Before taking a bike ride, be sure and strap on a helmet — all you have to do is fall off your bike once and hit your head to cause serious damage. Please remind children to do the same.

As the school year comes to a close, kids will be playing outside, so please be mindful of how fast you're driving so you can stop in a reasonable amount of time to avoid an unwanted collision. Parents, please remind your children to not play in the road, as you never know when he or she might chase a ball into the street with an oncoming vehicle crossing their path.

It only takes one second for everything in your life to change due to an accident, so take the extra second to make sure you're practicing safety first.

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Be aware of your surroundings, and put your cellphone down when you're driving. Texting and driving is increasingly causing more car accidents.

More than nine people are killed each day in the United States due to distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes every day because drivers were preoccupied with something other than driving.

Those are some serious statistics. And what about drunk or impaired driving?

"Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion," according to the CDC.

So as you get out and enjoy the spring and summer parties that involve alcohol, please designate a sober driver or call a cab. It's not worth the risk.

We're asking the community to practice basic safety skills. Wear a helmet, buckle your seat belt, don't drink and drive and have fun in a responsible manner.

Editorial Board:

Corrie Ponikvar — Community representative

Bonnie Hulstine — Community representative

Renee Campbell — Newspaper representative

Noelle Leavitt Riley — Newspaper representative

Amy Fontenot — Newspaper representative