With winter now officially begun — and with memories of last year’s relentless snowfall and icy weather still fresh in all our minds — it’s a good time for us all to take a deep breath and prepare for what’s coming.

I’m talking about ice and snow-covered roads, longer than normal commutes on both ends of the work day, poor visibility — and head-scratching decisions by some drivers who go way too fast for conditions or don’t leave enough stopping distance to compensate for slippery streets.

In other words, welcome to winter driving season. I’m hoping we can all work together to make this winter as safe as possible.

How do we do that? A good way to start is to pack some extra patience when leaving home every morning for that trip to work or school.

Let’s clean all the ice and snow off our windows and mirrors before we take off — and remember that it can be hard to see pedestrians in the dawn and dusk as we go to and fro. Let’s put our cell phones away until we get to where we are going.

Most importantly, let’s all slow down and be extra careful when driving on snow and ice-covered streets.

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The Kuna school district has over 5,300 hundred students — and a good amount of those kids walk to and from school every day. It’s essential we pay extra close attention for those kids, especially around school zones.

One area you’ll see Kuna police more often this winter is the Linder and Deer Flat roads neighborhood. The four schools in that general area (Kuna High School, Reed, Hubbard, and Teed elementary schools) generate a lot of foot traffic.

Our crossing guards have reported too many close calls between cars and kids — and that is with normal driving conditions. We are asking drivers to give themselves plenty of time and to be extra alert as they travel around Kuna schools.

Our main goal is to make Kuna a safer place to live, work, and play — every day. We can all work towards that goal together this winter by slowing down, paying attention, and looking out for each other as we all navigate Kuna streets.

Thanks for taking the time to listen. I’m just about to finish my first year as police chief and just wanted to say it has been an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Kuna. I’ve met many of you over the last year and I always appreciate getting your ideas and feedback. Please feel free to email me at so4217@adaweb.net if you have a question or want to discuss an issue.

 

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