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KSP wants motorists aware of back-to-school travel
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By Sgt. Michael Webb
Frankfort, KY - As thousands of Kentucky students head back to school this week, Kentucky State Police is urging motorists to remain cautious behind the wheel and help prevent injuries and deaths that result each year from school bus-related crashes.
Last year, Kentucky had 852 school bus related crashes, resulting in 297 injuries and three deaths. With school starting in many communities, KSP Spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb is urging motorists to be alert for loading and unloading school buses.
"Nothing strikes fear in a trooper's mind like getting a call that there has been a crash involving a school bus," says Webb. "As a parent myself, I know how precious those children are, and when they get on the bus, you place their safety in someone else's hands."
"As motorists, we need to take extra caution anytime we are in the vicinity of a school bus. Stop, slow down and look for children who may be loading or unloading from the bus," Webb added.
Webb says distracted drivers and those who speed in school zones often put children in more danger than anything else.
"Texting while driving and using a cell phone takes a drivers attention away from the road," he says. "Many times inattentive drivers may not see stops signs, reduced speed limit signs or even the flashing lights of a school bus."
KSP is asking all motorists to be extra cautious as schools open this month and especially when maneuvering around school buses. Law enforcement will be strictly enforcing speed zones in and around schools to ensure children get to school safely.
Kentucky law states if any school bus used in the transportation of children is stopped on a highway for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers, with the stop arm and signal lights activated, the operator of a vehicle approaching from any direction must stop and not proceed until the passengers have loaded/unloaded and the bus has been put in motion.
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.
"As parents, we must reinforce proper school bus safety procedures with our children, and this is the perfect time of year to talk with them," Webb said.
KSP encourages parents to review the following schools bus safety rules.
Rules for getting on and off the school bus getting on the school bus
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