Shayne Pierre, 15, received an award from the Montana Highway Patrol for assisting the injured drunken driver of the other vehicle, then returning to the bus to get the students to exit because he had noticed gasoline leaking from the vehicles.
The Helena School District reportedly will be the first in the state to require lap-shoulder belts on its buses. The move comes with the school board’s approval of a seven-year busing contract that specifies the three-point restraints.
Under the Montana legislation, motorists would be required to stop 30 feet away from a bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing for students to board or disembark. Current law requires motorists to stop 15 feet from a bus.