Several school districts around the region are reacting to a growing number of reports nationally of children hurt or killed by motorists illegally passing stopped school buses that are picking up or discharging student passengers.

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Many local districts have reported close calls.  Motorists must stop when school buses are stopped and lights activated even on a divided roadway like the Vestal Parkway.

Some volunteer fire departments have dedicated their road-side signs to messages reminding motorists to watch for stopped school buses.

Meanwhile, there are continued calls for improved technology for alerting drivers that a bus is stopped and more strict punishment for motorists who break the law.