State police say last year alone, Kentucky had 1,627 school bus related crashes that resulted in 506 injuries and five deaths.
With the school year quickly approaching, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) are urging motorists to stay alert for school buses and children getting on and off the school bus.
KSP spokesman Trooper Michael Webb says that many school bus related injuries happen on the road outside of the bus and that motorists need to take extra caution anytime they are in the vicinity of a school bus.
Webb also says that he thinks distracted driving and speeding in school zones are the highest risk factors for children being injured and that law enforcement will be strictly enforcing speed zones near schools.
Kentucky law requires that when any school bus used for transporting children is stopped on a highway and is loading or unloading passengers with the stop arm and signal lights activated, the operator of any vehicles approaching from any direction must stop and not continue on until the passengers have finished loading or unloading and the bus begins to move again.
Passing a school bus while it is loading or unloading is a class B misdemeanor for the first offense and a class A misdemeanor for the second offense.
KSP strongly encourages parents to review the following school bus safety rules with their children:
Citizens can contribute to additional child safety by reporting drivers who disregard school bus signals to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555.
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