Editorial — Please slow down; school is in session

September 2, 2014

It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.

We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.

State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.

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One-day survey shows 1,500 school bus passing violations

November 5, 2013

A one-day survey conducted nationally highlighted a disturbing fact — too many people pass stopped school buses.

The survey, coordinated by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation, asked public school districts in every state to have bus drivers record passing data for one day last spring. On May 1, Washington had 3,588 bus drivers in 110 districts participate, and they recorded 1,523 violations.

“Passing stopped school buses remains a serious problem,” Randy Dorn, Washington’s superintendent of public instruction, said in a press release. “Every violation represents a potential accident and potential injury to a student.”

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