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OFFICIAL KENTUCKY STATE
News Release

Media / For More Information Contact:
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780

KSP Asks Motorists to be Cautious around School Buses

Date of News Release: 08/05/2011

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- For some twenty-three million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, each year many children are injured and even killed in school bus related crashes.

Last year, Kentucky had 985 school bus related crashes resulting in 278 injuries and four deaths. With school starting in many communities, KSP Spokesman Capt. David Jude is urging motorists to be alert for loading and unloading school buses.

"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" says Jude.

"Many parents worry about their child's safety once they set foot on the bus, but many of the injuries happen on the road outside of the bus," adds Jude.

Jude says he thinks 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 often take a drivers attention 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.

"It is a good reminder for all of us that we need to take extra precautions to get our children to school safely and law enforcement will be strictly enforcing speed zones in and around schools to ensure that happens."

Kentucky law states that 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," adds Jude.

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

Getting off the school bus

Correct way to cross the street

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.


Contact Information for the Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road | Frankfort, KY 40601
502-782-1800

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