Starting today is National School Bus Safety Week from October 21-25, 2013 and this year’s motto is "At My Stop - You Stop!" Motorist should be aware to always stop for a stopped school bus it is the law. Everyone has to stop when a school bus displays their red lights even when they are on the other side of the road and even on divided highway. Everyone must stop no matter where they are on the road.
At First Student, the bus company that transports our students here at the Batavia School District, comments that one of the most common driver complaint is that motorists violate the school bus stop law every day. Motorists are required to use caution and slow down when flashing yellow lights are activated and stop for a stopped school bus that is displaying the flashing red lights.
Sometimes drivers are not fully paying close attention to their driving, they are too busy texting, talking on the phone or just are not paying attention and pass a stopped school bus. This serious poor safety action could lead up to a $250 fine, traffic tickets and up to suspension of license for passing a stopped school bus with their reds on. All motorists need to better understand the seriousness of this traffic law and pass the word to each other to make the roads safer for all our students.
“Our main concern is safety” said Location Manager Tonya Thompson of First Student . “We educate both our drivers and our students to ensure that each stop is a safe stop for everyone, so please help us make the road safe for our students too by doing your part and stop for a stopped school bus”.