Get on Board for School Bus Safety

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: