Still with some children on buses for as long as an hour there will be kids out in the dark on the way to school in the coming weeks.
Area law enforcement are encouraging motorists to use extra care. “Common sense tells us with the darkness it won’t be as safe,” said Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit.
“We have discussed this with our officers because school safety is one of our priorities. It’s just a lot easier for people to function during daylight.”
Police won’t be adding patrols, but will have a presence around area schools. “One of the things we do is patrol the schools in the morning,” said Harbstreit. “We really have an awesome community where people are cautious when it comes to kids. We’ve just got to hope people don’t do anything reckless.”
The bottom line is that with the extended darkness in the morning the risk of injury rises.
“We talk to the kids about safety,” said Harbstreit. “It’s going to be dark and we’re going to have little ones standing along the side of the county roads. It’s something everyone needs to be aware of.”