WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — The school district here is changing its bus boarding procedure with the goal of making it even safer, adding time between alerting motorists that the bus is stopping and letting students cross the road, WRAL reports.
Wake County Public School System was prompted to change the procedure because of a high number of incidents of motorists passing stopped school buses, according to the news source.
The bus drivers typically turn on the red lights, stop arm, crossing bar and open the door at the same time. As of July 7, drivers will use a switch to extend the bus’ stop arm and turn on the red flashing lights, and then check traffic before deploying the crossing bar and opening the doors, according to WRAL. Students will be required to wait until the bus driver deploys the crossing bar before they can leave the bus stop and board the bus.
The school system told the news source that the new plan will put more time between alerting drivers that the bus is stopping and allowing students to cross the road.
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