It is essential that the motorists who share the road with bus drivers stop for stopped school buses. However, it is encouraging to see how technology is evolving to help provide an even safer ride for all students.
Posts on the many tasks involved in being a school bus driver and a petition to make stop-arm running against federal law with steeper penalties drew the most attention on SBF’s blog and social media.
News that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website this year covered illegal school bus passing, a petition for tougher penalties on stop-arm running, and student and driver fatalities in the danger zone.
New York is the 19th state to allow the Gardian Angel safety lighting system as optional equipment.
The Idaho State Department of Education’s public service announcement asks motorists to be engaged and "watch for school buses as they pick up and drop off kids.”
Nevada driver Greg Hoeger uses the buses' horn to warn the student of the vehicle that fails to stop for the bus.
Prince Edward Island motorists who fail to stop for a school bus with its red lights flashing will receive 12 demerit points, causing their license to be suspended for three months. They will also be fined $5,000.
The 7-year-old Maryland girl safely crosses in front of the bus, which has its red lights on and stop arm out, but then is hit by a truck, police said. She is in a medically-induced coma.
The Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 board of education approves the purchase and installation of 10 stop-arm cameras.
Michelle and Chad Morneault of Maine donate funds for the Madawaska School Department to install camera equipment on two of the district's school buses.
The Massachusetts driver, apparently frustrated with motorists passing stopped buses, diagonally blocks a two-lane road with her bus until she is told to stop.
Indiana Sen. Eric Bassler will again propose a bill that would elevate the penalty for illegally passing a school bus from a traffic ticket to misdemeanor charges.
Kristy Baughman of Pennsylvania creates a petition asking the DuBois Area School District to install stop-arm cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.