Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!
Slow down! You are sharing the road with our most precious resource! Thanks for tuning in to Ranch Raised.
Now that we are full on into back to school mode, I thought it was time to talk about a subject that was near and dear to my heart because my dearest babies are involved. It is time to slow down and observe that this time of year means you are now sharing the road with school buses and that is a heavy responsibility that requires your full attention!
So let’s just review a few rules of the road! If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.
Parents, I beg you to also have a serious conversation with your young drivers that are excited to be behind their own wheel heading to school. Please, caution them of the heavy responsibility that they must take seriously in observing special caution when sharing the road with school buses.
Let’s all have a safe and fabulous start to our school year!
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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 3 daughters near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.
You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report that is broadcast on 60 radio stations with coverage in 9 states, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and highlights R-CALF’s work on industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the ranch.