OHP Promotes School Bus Safety Ahead Of School Year

OHP Promotes School Bus Safety Ahead Of School Year

  • 8/12/2019 2:15:58 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- The a new school year is almost upon us and with a new school year comes extra traffic in school zones due to kids being dropped off and picked up by school buses. August is school bus safety month because the safety of thousands of kids using school buses is top priority for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

From 2016 through 2018, 3,962 traffic crashes involved school buses in Ohio. During this time, four fatal crashes occurred killing four and injuring 1,268. None of those killed were on a school bus. 

"All Ohioans can help make this school year a safe one," said Governor Mike Dewine. "School bus safety involves a commitment from motorists, parents and children."

As the buses return to the roadways, the patrol has a few reminders: Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm is displayed.Motorists can not resume driving until the school bus begins moving. The Patrol also reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for school bus stops.

School buses are also required to be inspected twice a year to ensure the bus is operating properly. Every bus used to transport students is inspected before the beginning of the school year and once randomly during the year. From 2016 through 2018, the patrol performed 121,876 inspections. 

"Safety on the roadways is a shared responsibility by school bus drivers and motorists," said Lt. Amy Ivy, commander of the Mansfield Post."Motorists should always exercise caution while children are boarding and exiting school buses."

For more information on school bus inspections, crashes and passing stopped school bus violations visit the Ohio State Highway Patrol's website

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