This past week has been National School Bus Safety Week (October 22-25). It is a national effort to bring attention to the serious problem of drivers who pass stopped school buses while they have the red lights flashing and the stop sign out.
- Every day 26 million children ride buses to school
- More than 16 million school bus stop-arm violations occur nationwide each school year
- School bus-related crashes send 17,000 children to emergency rooms each year
These days drivers can be distracted by many things and violators often will tell us they were in a hurry and didn’t want to be held up by a stopped bus.
PASSING A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS LOADING OR UNLOADING CHILDREN ON A CITY STREET OR AN UNDIVIDED HIGHWAY IS A VERY SERIOUS VIOLATION.
I’ll give you a tip—it is not uncommon for us to post an officer on a bus to watch for violators and team them with another officer in a car whose job is to stop the violators and write the tickets. Often we use video cameras as evidence for court. Do yourself and the community a favor by ALWAYS obeying the flashing red lights and stop sign of a stopped school bus.
Here is a video that gives more information: