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School district and law enforcement work together to stop drivers from ignoring school bus stop arms

Nov 01, 2019 02:20PM

During National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 21-25, Utah school districts along with city leaders and law enforcement came together to remind everyone about the importance of safety around school buses.

Launi Harden, president of Utah Association of Pupil Transportation, addressed a group gathered for a “STOP the Stop Arm Violations” press conference. She said Utah drivers are ignoring school bus stop arms at alarming rates, sometimes passing school buses on the right-hand side while students are getting on or off the bus.

Harden said ignoring school bus activated flashing red lights and stop arms is putting lives at risk. In a recent one-day illegal passing count conducted by the state, 917 drivers disregarded extended school bus stop arms and flashing lights.

School districts are joining with law enforcement agencies to send the message to drivers: “STOP the Stop Arm Violations” for the safety of children and others on or near school buses. (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.)