Friday, May 13, 2022

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

During National SchoolbrBus Safety Week, Oct. 21-25, Utah school districts along with city leaders andbrlaw enforcement came together to remind everyone about the importance of safetybraround school buses.

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

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

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

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