BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — While it’s been a long time since southwest Virginians have seen school buses on the road, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Miller wants to make sure motorists keep an eye out for students as they get on and off the bus.
“Passing a school bus while it is unloading or loading children is reckless driving,” said Miller. “We ask you to leave home a few minutes early so you can get to work on time and our children can get to school safely.”
If you see a stopped school bus with flashing yellow or red lights and an extended “STOP” arm, traffic on the same side of the road is required to stop. However, if the bus is on the opposite side of the road with a barrier in between, drivers do not have to stop.
Nevertheless, motorists should be prepared for kids to exit the bus and cross into their lanes.
In addition, drivers are asked to keep a safe distance behind a school bus so they can stop quickly if necessary.
Motorists are also urged to remain alert since children can be unpredictable and may not fully grasp the safety concerns around a school bus.
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