Martinsville bus drivers say new routes are unsafe for students


"We know that students are far safer in school buses, but when they are outside the bus, they are more vulnerable to injury or death", said Hollander. Yellow lights mean we are approaching a stop, the red lights mean we are picking up a student.

Youngstown's East High School played host to almost five hundred school bus drivers Tuesday.

So unless there is a median dividing a four-lane roadway, traffic in both directions must stop for school buses with their red lights flashing and stop sign arm extended.

Madison County school bus drivers say that's the most common statement motorists make after a school bus versus auto crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are 70 times safer than cars, and 10 times safer than walking. We urge motorists to follow the patrol's advice and leave extra time in your morning and afternoon commutes as the school year gets under way.

Ten school buses that failed a state police inspection last week all passed a second inspection on Wednesday.

State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended, and as of August 1, drivers who violate that law will face a larger fine when citations increase from $300 to $500. Well, I hadn't seen her for several years and she was in her 40's and she walked up to me and said - you used to drive my school bus. Vehicles coming from the opposite side are not required to stop. Disregarding a school bus stop-arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report, according to the ISP.

If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop. Sometimes a child who is lagging behind comes running up to the bus after others have climbed aboard.

"We want people to focus on their driving, be patient, and slow down in school zones", he says. "Please remind your students drivers of the speed limits as well".

Some even have lights that spell out "STOP DO NOT PASS".

More than 5,800 school bus drivers participated in this year's survey, which was conducted April 25.