State troopers remind motorists of school bus safety

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NEW MATAMORAS, Ohio (WTAP) Don't pass stopped school buses.

You've heard it a million times and this week the Ohio State Highway Patrol is concentrating on school bus safety.

The patrol says motorists should stop at least ten feet away when approaching from the front or back, when the stop sign is extended and flashing lights are on.

Troopers are riding along with buses around the area this week, as well as patrolling within school zones.

From 2013-2015, more than 4,000 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers.

"Penalties for passing a stopped school bus can be fairly stiff. They're different from court to court. There's mandatory license suspension for passing a stopped school bus. There are heavy fines for passing a stopped school bus. It's not a violation that you'd want to get," says Sgt. Scott Buxton with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops.

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