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The days are longer, the weather is getting warmer, and lo and behold, another school year is about to draw to a close.

It seems like yesterday we were issuing a safety alert about students heading back to class and hitting the books again.

With that, thousands of children will be set free for a couple of months of rest and relaxation.

All those happy students will now be out and about instead of being occupied in class for most of the day. That brings about the annual safety warning for children, parents and vehicle operators.

Most children of all ages should be well versed in how they should behave while crossing streets and playing.

However, they sometimes get so involved in their warm weather activities that they fail to follow safety rules that have been drilled into to them at home and in school.

That means parents have to keep reminding their charges about staying safe while still having fun.

Drivers also have a part to play in this process.

They have to be aware all day long that young people are out running, biking and playing.

There are city bylaws about playing in the street but those aren’t always followed by the younger set so drivers must slow down and be ready for any eventuality this time of the year.

Summer is supposed to be a season of unbridled enjoyment for young people so let’s all work to keep it that way.

A little co-operation and care will go a long way in preventing a tragedy that no one wants to endure.

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