Department of Public Safety: Drive safe around bus stops

Department of Public Safety: Drive safe around bus stops

At one stop, officers saw several drivers go around a school bus when it was stopped, loading students.

It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus with its stop-arm extended.

This week is known as "National School Bus Safety Week", a time when the Texas Department of Public Safety will be sending out troopers to areas where buses pick up and drop off students.

If a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses with alternating red flashing lights activated, according to DPS. "Our drivers take tremendous care when transporting students, but it is also crucial for motorists to pay attention, avoid distractions and watch for yellow school buses". "When approaching a school bus from any direction and the red flashing lights are engaged, stop and stay stopped until the bus turns off the lights and has re-entered traffic".

Every school day, First Student buses almost 17,000 students throughout Wichita to and from school.

In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week, the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texans to comply with laws prohibiting drivers from passing school buses. The eight-city Tour wraps up during National School Bus Safety Week with a stop in Springfield, Illinois on October 17.

As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day.

Editor's Note: Stay tuned for updates on how school districts and school bus contracting companies are observing School Bus Safety Week.

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