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Motorists Who Pass School Buses On the Rise in South Carolina


December 10, 2019

BLUFFTON, SC – Motorists who pass school buses that are stopped unloading child passengers are on the rise in Beaufort County, South Carolina, according to  WSAV.com.*

This dangerous and illegal practice puts a child's safety at risk and officials are gravely concerned that people are illegally passing school buses on their commute to work. Bus drivers and school officials are seeing an increase in this behavior and have reported it to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.  

One school bus driver in Beaufort County explained, “This is my child. Once he steps on the bus, this is my child until I get him back home to you." This sentiment is shared by many bus drivers in Beaufort County about the 11,000 children who ride on their buses, which is the reason why they have reached out to law enforcement concerning this issue.  “We have some kids we can’t pick up on the door side they actually have to cross the road..." said the bus driver.  Not stopping for the buses can cause a grave tragedy to occur.

In light of the above, it is essential that drivers know the rules of the road as it relates to school buses.  In South Carolina, if the lights on a school bus are flashing yellow, this means drivers need to slow down.  State law requires that a motorist stop when a bus is flashing red lights if you are on a two-lane highway, traveling in either direction or if you are on a multi-lane highway traveling behind the bus.  Passing a stopped school bus could cost a driver over $1,000 in fines, up to a six point penalty on a driver's license, and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense.

It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education.  Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway.  Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries.  To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit montlick.com and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting iridesafe.com.

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Source:https://www.wsav.com/news/traffic/motorists-passing-stopped-school-buses-on-the-rise-beaufort-co-bus-drivers-say/

Category: Personal Injury

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