Backpacks, pens, pencils, paper and every back-to-school ad imaginable are everywhere, reminding us that the school year is about to begin. As summer ends, I am asking everyone reading this to take a quick pop quiz in back to school driving safety before getting on the road this school year.

I asked our Chief of Police, John Maddox, to put together a few questions that would help all of us test our knowledge on driving safety once school started. See how you do and see if you need to do a little homework before you get out on the road. (School Bus Safety Pop Quiz located under “Bulletins”.)

It’s hard to believe, but in a few short weeks Middleburg Heights and in the surrounding area, there will be over 10,000 students walking, biking, driving, catching a bus, or being driven to and from school. In fact, as of this past July there are approximately 6,287 students that will be attending schools in the Berea City School District, over 4,000 students attending Baldwin-Wallace University, hundreds attending The Academy of St. Bartholomew, and thousands of students coming from all directions that will be attending Polaris Career Center.

I want every parent to know that my top priority as mayor, along with every member of Middleburg Heights City Council, is your children’s safety. Our Police Department and safety forces will be in full force on every school day protecting our communities’ children.

That is why a refresher course on safety is good for everyone, including those that don’t drive. In the long run it makes us all a little smarter!

Please drive safely and pay extra attention to kids headed to school this fall and enjoy every last minute of summer!!!