Letter to the Editor (Aug. 21, 2019)

Dennis Sword
Posted 8/20/19

Here in Madisonville, Durham School Services transports more than 840 students every school day. With school back in session I would like to share a few startling and upsetting facts regarding motorists who break the law when they disobey the extended stop arms and drive around buses while children are loading or unloading.

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Letter to the Editor (Aug. 21, 2019)

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Here in Madisonville, Durham School Services transports more than 840 students every school day. With school back in session I would like to share a few startling and upsetting facts regarding motorists who break the law when they disobey the extended stop arms and drive around buses while children are loading or unloading.

Fact: There are four times more children fatalities outside the school bus than there are when students are on the bus.

Fact: Each school year an estimated 15 million vehicles will illegally pass stopped school busses based on 2018 observations (National School Transportation Association).

One fact that you may not know is our state law: A motorist, from either direction, must stop before reaching the school bus when the bus is operating a visual signal to receive or discharge a student and may not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed, or the visual signal is no longer actuated.

Note: Should the law be broken there is a monetary penalty, and subsequent offenders may have a license suspension and jail time.

Our mission is getting our students to school safely, on time and ready to learn. My team of 24 and I care for every student that boards our buses. We are the first and last part of the school day, greeting the students in the morning and asking how their day was in the afternoon. Let us partner to provide the upmost safety for our kids -- obey the law and STOP when the school bus stop arm is extended with the red lights flashing. We, as a community, need to protect our children -- don’t destroy a child’s future by ignoring the law.

Sincerely,

Dennis Sword, General Manager, Durham School Services

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