With the start of the new school year, we need to be alert to students walking to school as well as students waiting at bus stops. Drivers have the responsibility to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and also while pedestrians are approaching from an adjacent lane on the other half of the road. A reminder to pedestrians: Cross only at a marked crosswalk. If a pedestrian crosses a road at any point other than a marked crosswalk, the pedestrian shall yield the right of way to any vehicle. I have walked an average of 2,300 miles a year for the last five years and encountered several close calls where motorists have not yielded the right of way even though I was in a crosswalk. Happy motoring and walking, and enjoy the new school year.