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Police Urge Extra Caution Around School Buses

School bus safety School bus safety
Melody Ballard | 12 August, 2017, 00:29

According to Alan Tillman, the fleet manager of the Colquitt County school system's transportation department, more than 6,800 students are transported each day in 99 buses.

The relationship between the two agencies has become strained amid concerns of late student pickups, questionable management and financial struggles for the countywide bus agency, Dallas County Schools.

Look left right left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped.

The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms.

Madison County school bus drivers say that's the most common statement motorists make after a school bus versus vehicle crash.

These rules are a matter of life and death.

Altering a route or schedule to avoid a bus is one way motorists can help improve safety. We urge motorists to follow the patrol's advice and leave extra time in your morning and afternoon commutes as the school year gets under way.

No, it's all the other drivers on the road that have just as much, if not more, responsibility to do their part in helping buses transport students safely. Trooper Todd Ringle is posted outside Castle High School in Warrick County on their first day of class.

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A driver who passes a stopped school bus illegally is endangering children and is subject to significant fines and possibly other penalties.

Kentucky law says drivers must stop if a school bus transporting children is stopped on a highway for the goal of loading or unloading passengers and has its stop arm and signal lights activated.

One school bus consulting company is the common thread for three school districts with transportation troubles. In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote almost 9,000 stop-arm citations.

Motorists on a highway divided by a barrier or unimproved median-a concrete or cable barrier, say, or a grass median-are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. Multi-lane roads with no barriers between the lanes, like some portions of SR 57S, all motorists must stop when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.

Bus drivers also can report vehicles that have passed their bus illegally.

Some Dallas school trustees said such shortages are unacceptable. Motorists should slow down, pay attention and anticipate school children and buses, especially in neighborhoods and school zones.

DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. If you're distracted and can't see a big yellow bus with flashing red lights chances are you won't see a kid crossing the street, either.

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