School bus drivers fear stop-arm violators most

School bus safety

School bus safety

"For somebody to walk in, that could take 8 to 10 weeks to get the driver submitted and approved by the district to drive and then get all of their training certifications and get their CDL (commercial driver's license)", Boyanowski said. With black stripes down the side.

"We want people to focus on their driving, be patient, and slow down in school zones", he says.

Last week, 25 of 37 school buses failed a state police inspection at Boyo Transportation Services in Harrisburg.

Bus routes, Lee County School District officials said, can be trickier for Lee County schools because they are longer and cover more rural roads. Yellow lights mean we are approaching a stop, the red lights mean we are picking up a student.

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.

The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms.

The drivers came from school districts across northeast OH for a required in-service day of training on new and vital safety information. When crossing the street to get on the bus or to go home, make eye contact with motorists before proceeding.

"Too often motorists ignore the school bus laws or are too distracted that they don't see the bus picking up or dropping off children until it's too late", said Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Bus drivers were so fed up they reportedly threatened to strike.

A driver who passes a stopped school bus illegally is endangering children and is subject to significant fines and possibly other penalties. If possible, drop them off at a place where they do not have to cross the street.

The fine for a first offense for unlawfully passing a school bus is $300.

Applicants must also pass a drug test and physical, criminal history checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police, and a child abuse history check.

As the number of school buses on the roads has increased, so has the number of stop-arm violations.

When approaching a school bus - from any direction - that is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and stop-arm extended, motorists are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways.

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