In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote almost 9,000 stop arm violation citations.
His fear is completely justified based on the results of an annual safety survey released Friday by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services.
That's why as a new academic year is beginning, school district officials are making a concentrated effort to remind drivers to be cautious around buses. Martinsville's Superintendent, Dr. Michele Moore, says all three districts have had problems with the service. When crossing the street to get on the bus or to go home, make eye contact with motorists before proceeding. School bus drivers carry a load of responsibility every day and in order to be able to do it, they have to be qualified. State law requires drivers to stop until the lights stop flashing and the stop sign is no longer extended. About 400 drivers are making sure they can finish their routes with all the stops on time. "Have patience. And drive like your kid is on the bus and you want people to be safe", said Master Trooper Brooks David, spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop I.
By slowing down and abiding by the law we can assure that all youngsters in our region are safely transported to and from school each morning. In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote almost 9,000 stop-arm citations.
According to Georgia law, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop when a school bus activates its stop-arm on a two-lane road or a multi-lane road with no median or barrier. Remember, when approaching a school bus, from any direction, which is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways.
Drivers should always look for caution lights, the stop sign and the crossing arm when approaching a bus on the road. Disregarding a school bus stop-arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report, according to the ISP.