TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- Students are heading back to school over the course of the month, and, in some counties, school has already started.
That means it's time to dust off the school safety reflexes for when you get behind the wheel.
Officials with the Florida highway Patrol say they want to remind people to slow down, watch for those orange-yellow school buses, and pay special mind to the places where students board and leave the buses.
Students might be standing at the side of the road, on either side.
They may also be getting ready to cross the street, and FHP Captain Nancy Rasmussen admits the kids aren't always choosy about where they cross.
Drivers need to keep their eyes on stalks.
"As adults we need to realize that children will be children," she said. "We need to take the responsibility on their safety as well as the motoring public around them."
Students, however, have their obligation to be more aware of their surroundings.
And everybody has an obligation to put the phone away when they're in areas whee students and moving vehicles mix.
Texting is a definite "don't" until you reach a place where you don't need to divide your attention.
Keep focused, and you'll minimize the risks of an accidental encounter.