School Bus Safety

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The first day of school is fast approaching and the safety of kids on the bus is top priority.

Commander Carlos Smith, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Marietta says drivers reaching a stopped school bus from either direction with a stop arm out and red flashing lights need to stop at least 10-feet back.

According to OSHP, from 2010 to 2012, more than 4,000 drivers were cited for failing to stop for a school bus loading or unloading children.

“We encourage motorists if they see someone passing a stopped school bus to call the nearest police department or highway patrol by calling the #677 number,” Smith says. “We will investigate any claim that someone passed a school bus because we take school bus safety and the safety of the children very seriously.”

Smith says if drivers follow the law, we can have successful school year and all the kids can arrive at their destination safely.

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