Don’t let a mistake ruin the rest of your life

We’re now in that magical time of the year when the schools have closed their doors for the regular school years, and the families have started coming down for their magical vacations by the shore.

Unfortunately, we have also reached that time of the year where pedestrian and bicycle accidents go on a significant uptick, and many fairy-tale vacations end without a happy ending.

We ask all of our drivers to practice even more care than normal when navigating our roads. Excited children can pop out from nearly any conceivable direction, and bicyclists can wander a little out of their bike lanes from time to time. Even a driver following the letter of the law can find trouble because of the actions of another, and that is trouble can follow anybody around the rest of his or her life.

And, of course, we also ask that bicyclists and pedestrians follow the law when they are making their ways down the road. Many of the accidents we have seen here over the years have stemmed from pedestrians or bicyclists making mistakes that have severe repercussions.

This is not exclusively a daytime problem, either. We have seen accidents at all times during the day and night, and alcohol can play a factor — both by pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as motorists.

There is truly no good time to let down your guard.

We have many beautiful places to bike and walk throughout our picturesque community, and we encourage everybody to take advantage of that. Just please use caution.