School for Clinton School District students, and the entire county, resumes Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

And that means motorists need to be aware that students will be walking to and from school and — given children’s natural rambunctiousness — darting into traffic whether chasing a wayward ball or a friend or by simply not taking the presence of cars and trucks into account.

Every school year, somewhere at some point, a car strikes a child. Almost all such incidents could have, and should have, been avoided.

It is a horrible thing for a child to be injured, or worse. And what a horrible thing it would be to live with having caused the death of a child. A motorist who wasn’t paying attention or was exceeding the speed limit or otherwise contributing to a pedestrian accident would have to carry the onus of that tragedy the rest of his or her life.

It’s all too easy to be distracted when driving as it is, we all know. Now, with school beginning anew, we all need to be extra vigilant, to be aware and drive with care.

Driving a few miles an hour slower shouldn’t make anyone late (we can always start out a bit earlier if need be), but it might save a child from harm.

Let’s keep an eye out for our young students. They have it tough enough with once again being saddled with homework and peer pressure.