Mind the flashing reds, school bus safety group urges drivers
With National School Bus Safety Week as a backdrop, a new coalition of student transportation officials, parents and others this month issued a challenge to Florida drivers to better mind the stop arms on school buses.
The Florida Stop Arm Safety Coalition, created in August, noted that over 21,000 cars passed school buses with the stop arms extended and lights flashing on a single day in April. Over the 180-day school year, that represents a possible 3.7 million violations, the group stated on its Facebook page.
“Whether it is ignorance of the law, distracted drivers or blatant disregard of children’s safety – this increasing problem of stop arm violations should alarm all Floridians,” coalition director Katie Luebker said in a release.
Waiting a few extra seconds on the road can save lives, the group stated. It called for better education and understanding of school bus safety laws, and better enforcement. Follow the group on Twitter.