As the last weekend of 2012 begins, we're asking readers to remember to put safety first.
For many, this will be a four-day weekend - with New Year's Eve on Monday and New Year's Day on Tuesday -and the luxury of that time off can be used for fun and frivolity, which is wonderful.
However, we hope those having a good time do so with common sense. That means being mindful of your safety as well as the safety of others if you take to the ski slopes, the wooded snowshoeing paths or the snowmobile trails that should be in great shape with recent snowfall.
And it also applies to those getting behind the wheel this final weekend of the year. Our area has already experienced too many vehicle-related deaths in the past 12 months.
We need everyone to remain aware of others on the road, be they fellow drivers or those who are pedestrians.
With the New Year's holiday, many will be out Monday night to celebrate surviving another year and to welcome 2013.
Thousands are expected in downtown Marquette alone for the beloved Ball Drop at the corner of Front and Washington streets.
We're all for those kind of good times as long as safe transportation is part of the celebration.
So please designate a driver or find another safe mode of travel to get you home once you've toasted the arrival of the new year.
We're hoping our first edition of 2013 includes a story in which local law enforcement reports "all quiet" as far as accidents are concerned as 2012 drew to an end.
Let's start 2013 off as a safe, happy year.
-Marquette Mining Journal