FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) - Students around the area have been in school for about 2 months now, but schools are still having to fight the battle of school bus safety which is a top priority for school districts that continue to see the general public putting your students at risk.
Steve Lake says that Southwest Allen County Schools still experiences people not following the law on when people need to stop for a school bus, even in neighborhoods, saying “most of the stop arm violations that we see, for the most part, are on roads that are 4 lane roads. If there is a median or some kind of divider on that road, they can continue on the opposite side to move, but if there is not a median or divider, they must stop if the stop arm does come out, but we still see a lot of violations, which is a very very serious safety issue.”
Other tips to keep riders safe include
- students not distracting the driver
- do not wear headphones while traveling to or from the bus
- keep hands free while getting on/off the bus
- always cross the road at crosswalks when possible
- students communicating with bus drivers on when it is safe to cross
There are also camera options out there schools can use to catch drivers red handed, but the best way to keep kids safe while on the school bus is the simplest.
“Just think of every kid on that bus as your son or daughter, or your grandchild or granddaughter and just do what you need to do, do the right thing. Take your time because a few seconds could save a life," said Lake.
So when you see a school bus, make sure to always look for kids and make sure to always follow the law.