Concerns About Increasing Numbers of Cars Passing Stopped School Buses
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.
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.