School buses are considered some of the safest vehicles on the road – 70 times safer than cars, light trucks and vans; however, students are being harmed, and in some cases, killed as they enter and exit the bus. Such was the case last spring when seven year-old Sedryc Simmons was hit by a car while trying to get on the school bus in Warren County, Tennessee.
In Tennessee and in every state, drivers must stop when the stop arm is extended and red lights are flashing on both sides of an undivided highway. Although bus drivers initiate the “stop arm,” motorists continue to speed past the extended arm. These motorists are endangering children and breaking the law, and several local Departments of Motor Vehicles are taking steps to educate the general public with after-the-fact tickets.
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