"When motorists violate the law, it puts the lives of children at risk".
We ask all motorists to keep that in mind as they take to the road each day and encounter the many school buses in our region that transport some truly precious cargo.
Those buses travel more than 1.5 million miles each year and motorists must be aware of the Georgia laws that apply to them.
Indiana State Police receive complaints nearly daily from school bus drivers, parents and concerned citizens about motorists not stopping for school buses when required.
Tillman said some drivers are unsure about whether they should stop on a four-lane roadway.
The companies say they are facing several challenges in finding new people to drive their fleet.
If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop.
Wait for the bus driver to signal that it is safe to cross.
If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
And illegal passing of school buses is a national problem. Schools in Tazewell County and Bland County will begin their school year on August 17. He said another done last fiscal year reported some 100,000 violations on one day. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, bus stops, playgrounds and parks. Sometimes a child who is lagging behind comes running up to the bus after others have climbed aboard.
By slowing down and abiding by the law we can assure that all youngsters in our region are safely transported to and from school each morning. Those issued a citation face a mandatory court appearance. Murphy-Penk says skilled and safe bus drivers are crucial to any school system.
"After that, it's in law enforcement's hands", he said.
"It's hard to miss them", he said.
Dallas Independent School District board members grilled Dallas County Schools Thursday, wanting to know if the troubled bus agency has enough bus drivers to be able to get kids to school on time this year. He says drivers might forget what to do around schools and buses. But 19 are killed getting on and off buses.
While waiting for the bus, students should wait well away from the road and should not run alongside the bus while it is moving. Once the bus is fully stopped, the flashing red lights will activate and the stop arm will deploy.
Kids: Walk to school with a friend or in a groups for safety.
In neighboring McDowell County and in Monroe County, schools will open their doors for students on August 17.