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Back-to-School Safety Reminder for Drivers – Stop When a School Bus Has its “Stop-Arm” Extended

August 18, 2019

UNITED STATES – As reported in an online news article published by, drivers should be reminded of school bus safety to ensure children can safely get on and off school buses.*

School bus stop-arms are an indication that motorists must stop behind a school bus to allow children to enter and exit the school bus safely.  Unfortunately, many drivers do not adhere to the stop-arms, choosing to drive around the school bus.  Such conduct has resulted in numerous injuries and deaths.  

Between August 2018 and March 2019, a total of 12 children were killed and 47 injured in school bus accidents where the stop-arm was extended in each case.  Driving around a school bus stop-arm is illegal in all 50 states.  Drivers are required to come to a full stop when following or meeting the bus on a street or highway.

According to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, the potential for children to sustain fatal injuries in a school bus accident exists daily.  The Association believes that “drivers who ignore extended stop arms and flashing lights are gambling with children’s lives.”

In Kansas, the Department of Education conducts a 1-day count of school bus passing incidents each year.  According to the news article, in the most recent count, “researchers estimated that as many as 15 million vehicles could be improperly passing school buses transporting students each school year.”

Last fall was particularly tragic for many communities.  In a 1-week period, 5 children were killed, and 6 were injured in 5 separate accidents involving drivers who drove around stopped school buses. These accidents happened in Indiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

Many states have passed “stop-arm” camera laws to help monitor drivers who may decide to drive around a stopped school bus.  With cameras present, drivers may be more hesitant to break the law.

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