MySaline originally published this article October 22nd, 2019, but we edited it and are reposting because of a rash of drivers not following the law around school buses.
Just this morning in Bryant, a resident’s surveillance camera captured video of a vehicle driving past a stopped school bus that was picking up children. This is against the law and a ticketable offense.
Each year, nearly two-thirds of all fatalities involving children and school buses happen when the child is getting onto or off of the school bus. Drivers must be diligent in looking for school buses and expecting children to be crossing roads even when the red lights on the school bus aren’t flashing.
It is especially important for drivers to know that when a school bus is stopped on any road or even on an undivided highway, regardless of the number of lanes, that ALL LANES of traffic must stop and wait for the school bus to finish loading or unloading before proceeding carefully past.
The Saline County Sheriff’s Office participates in National School Bus Safety Week program (in October). It’s in partnership with the National Association for Pupil Transport and the National School Transportation Association.
The purpose of this program is to educate the public, of the importance of driving safely around school buses.
Get more information at www.schoolbusfacts.com/safety.