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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 19, 2010

It’s that time of year again, when both kids and adults are out in droves, crossing the street – sometimes carefully – sometimes not.

That means we as drivers need to take extra precaution when driving both in the city and in the country.

If you’ve tried driving by a school in Estherville or Armstrong at little after 8 a.m. or 3 p.m., you know what we mean. Kids are thinking about getting to school on time, not necessarily whether there’s traffic on the street.

Weekends can also be tricky. You could be driving down any given street in town, and a football could go flying past your windshield. It’s not that some kids are trying to use your windshield as a goal post (though it may seem like that). It’s just that they’re more engaged in their play than in the traffic going down the street.

Also be sure to anticipate slower traffic in rural areas. With fairly cool weather until recently, a number of farmers are having to replant their corn and soybeans. Because of that, slower farm machinery is out on the road later than usual. So be sure to take extra time when you’re on rural roads, and above all, be patient when you come upon slow-moving farm machinery.

And, since construction just started on Highway 9 between Estherville and Armstrong about a week ago, count on traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. It might seem aggravating, but that’s the price we have to pay for the highway we’ve been wanting for years now.

All it takes is a little patience, and you’ll get where you’re going.

So enjoy the ride, and have a safe trip.