This is National School Bus Safety Week and Utah school districts along with city leaders and law enforcement are coming together to remind everyone about the importance of safety around school buses.
The president of the Utah Association of Pupil Transportation addressed a group gathered for a ‘STOP the Stop Arm Violations’ press conference. She said Utah drivers are ignoring school bus stop arms at alarming rates, sometimes passing school buses on the right-hand side while students are getting on or off the bus. Launi Harden said ignoring school bus activated flashing red lights and stop arms is putting lives at risk.
In a recent one-day illegal passing count conducted by the State, 917 drivers disregarded extended school bus stop arms and flashing red lights.
Now, school districts are joining with law enforcement agencies to send the message to drivers “STOP the Stop Arm Violations” for the safety of children and others on or near school buses.