The 2016-17 school year begins today in Houston County and Monday in Bibb County. Bright, smiling faces — some headed off to school for the very first time — will be filling our highways and byways. It would be a good idea to take extra care, not only for your own safety but for the safety of thousands of children who will be riding in buses and cars and walking to get to their schools. It would be helpful to have a distraction free commute. That means no talking or texting while driving — and please look for crossing guards — and whatever you do, don’t pass a school bus that’s stopped with its lights flashing. It’s against the law.