School bus safety reminders

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Monday thousands of kids will start school on the South Plains and that means those big yellow buses will flood area streets.

"The plans is to continue getting buses cleaned up and ready to go for the students so that Monday morning when we get ready to go we've got clean buses for them to get on," said Ernest Stevens a school bus driver.

Stevens says while it may be quiet on Friday, that will all change on Monday.

"It's very hectic for everybody," said Stevens.

By 6:00 AM hundreds of buses will be set to start the new year, and while Durham School Services may be ready, General Manager Randi Bullard says not all motorists are.

"In the blink of an eye something can happen to a child," said Bullard.

That's why she says it's so important to remember when the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is out, it is illegal to pass a school bus.

"It's an issue that we have that seems to be year after year," said Sgt. John Hayes with the Lubbock Police Department.

"If you are behind the bus or you are coming up to the bus, you have the stop, the only way you wouldn't have to stop is if it is a divided highway and that's the only reason," said Bullard.

"Basically the whole roadway needs to shut down, so we can make sure these kids get home after a hard day at school," said Hayes.

Stevens says he has seen firsthand how reckless drivers can be.

"You have to be able to multi-task, you have to be able to watch those kids, you have to be able to make sure that they are staying quiet on bus so that everybody else is safe and we have to watch the traffic around us," said Stevens.

Tickets for passing a stopped school bus with a stop sign are a little more than $300. Lubbock Police add this is also an offense that will remain on your record.

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