Local school bus companies cope with bus driver shortage

Local school bus companies cope with bus driver shortage

Local school bus companies cope with bus driver shortage

Watch for school buses.

Classes are starting in school districts around the state, and police are urging drivers to stay alert for buses that are loading or unloading children.

Police advise if you are driving behind a school bus allow a greater following distance to give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.

Transportation officials say something helpful that parents can do is make sure that children are at their bus stop on time.

These rules are a matter of life and death. Can you talk about the fine amount and school bus safety?

"This survey captured only a fraction of the violations that bus drivers and traffic officers know all too well are occurring each and every day at an alarming rate throughout the United States".

Lee County's fleet of 127 school buses covers 108 routes every day, traveling just over 600,000 miles per year. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, bus stops, playgrounds and parks. After the bus comes to a stop, red flashing lights are activated, a stop arm extends and motorists need to stop a safe distance from the bus.

If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop. A year ago in Kentucky, three people died in bus accidents.

Applicants must also pass a drug test and physical, criminal history checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police, and a child abuse history check. Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation, one that school bus drivers are quick to report.

Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits.

According to a spokeswoman with First Student, the transportation company used by Wichita Public Schools, the "Child Check-Mate System" has been helpful. If it is not a divided road, even if it's a four-way street, drivers must stop. "After a meeting with our bus drivers, principals, and Mr. Mills tonight, we all have made a decision to return to our bus route system from previous years", Moore wrote in part of the announcement.

Related news