I live on the Key Peninsula and something that concerns me is the lack of color or any reflective material on the knapsacks and coats of little kids. We spend hundreds of dollars to make sure our people who work for the county or state out on the road are seen. We’ve got kids out on the roads, and you go by and say, “Ooh, I thought that was a post.”
I drive in the early morning to go golfing and see kids out there, and sure there are sometimes adults with them, but at least half of those kids you can’t see. And it doesn’t take much for those little goofballs to run out into the street after something.
I remember the ill-fated time change in 1973 that was supposedly for the purpose of energy conservation and made daylight saving time run all year. It created a situation where kids were walking to school or waiting on the side of the road for their morning school bus ride in the dark. Proactive school districts made reflective tags for them to wear on their coats for safety.
Roger Iverson, Vice Principal of Peninsula High School 1977-89, Minter
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