Distracted Driving Around Schools and Buses is Recipe for Disaster

Bus Drivers Prepare for Back to School

School buses also have the "Child Check-Mate System", which is an on-board electronic reminder system that ensures every child gets off the bus.

Boydo said the most important feature on a school bus is the driver.

In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote almost 9,000 stop arm violation citations. Those numbers are then reported to the National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services.

Distracted driving is one of the main reasons the Indiana State Police report for motorists failing to stop but knowing when to stop can be tricky.

"Things we didn't do three four years ago, we didn't have to advertise because we always had a lot of applications and a lot of people coming in", said Don Boyanowski with Boyo Transportation, which provides school transportation in four counties in central Pennsylvania.

Kids: When you exit the bus or vehicle, always walk directly to the sidewalk and down to the nearest crosswalk if you must cross the street. A minimum 14 hours of classroom training and six hours of behind-the-wheel training are required to become a school bus driver, although some companies may require more than that.

Unfortunately every year in the United States, children are injured and killed walking to and from school and while loading and/or unloading from a school bus.

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One recurring issue for bus drivers are vehicles that pass stopped buses.

The fine for a first offense for unlawfully passing a school bus is $300. In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote almost 9,000 stop-arm citations.

"The unlawful disregard for the school bus stop arm is not an isolated problem", said Puckett, adding it's an occurring problem across the state and country.

In Minnesota, motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.

Motorists driving on a highway divided by a barrier or unimproved median (i.e. a concrete or cable barrier or a grass median) are required to stop only if they are traveling the same direction as the school bus.

When approaching a school bus, drivers should be prepared to stop and be aware of stopped traffic.

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