Department of Public Safety: Drive safe around bus stops

Department of Public Safety: Drive safe around bus stops

"It is important for other drivers to remember the critical role they play in keeping children safe while on or around a school bus".

Passing a stopped school bus is illegal in all 50 states.

"We commend the dedication of our Texas Highway Patrol, as well as local law enforcement, during National School Bus Safety week and throughout the year in working to keep our students safe", Morath said.

According to the TEA, more than 42,000 school buses transport about 1.5 million Texas children every school day. Troopers will also ride in school buses to watch for violators and talk with children about school bus safety.

First Student spokesperson says that last spring it conducted a 6-week crack down on school bus safety and had about 7,000 violations in Wichita alone.

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All states require traffic in both directions to stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus. #StopOnRed! is the theme for 2017. "This week is a great time to reflect on our commitment to student safety, and serves as an excellent reminder for drivers to be aware while driving, and to remind parent about the importance of bus stop safety".

Atlanta Public Schools transport 26,000 students on almost 300 routes daily, including a variety of field trips seven days a week. The eight-city Tour wraps up during National School Bus Safety Week with a stop in Springfield, Illinois on October 17.

Visit napt.org/nsbsw for more information about National School Bus Safety Week.

This week, school districts throughout the country are observing school bus safety week.

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