As school winds down, school bus safety is still vital

Don't pass school buses illegally

BLAKELY, GA (WALB) - The school year is winding down, but Early County law enforcement doesn’t want drivers to forget what to do when school buses make their stops.

The Mayor of Blakely, Blakely Police Department, Early County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia State Patrol are all joining together to take a stand against this reckless driving.

Drivers cannot pass a school bus on either side when the stop sign arm is extended (Source: WALB)
Drivers cannot pass a school bus on either side when the stop sign arm is extended (Source: WALB)

Drivers need to be vigilant watching for students getting on and off the bus each day. Early County School System buses about 1,600 students each day.

On average about a third of their bus drivers make a complaint about cars and trucks not obeying the law each day.

Michael Allred, Assistant Transportation Director for the Early County School System (Source: WALB)
Michael Allred, Assistant Transportation Director for the Early County School System (Source: WALB)

In the past week Blakely Police Department and Georgia State Patrol have written three tickets for drivers passing a stopped school bus with signals on.

Traffic is required to make a complete stop when the lights are flashing with the stop arm out .

Assistant Transportation Director for Early County School System, Michael Allred, said on two lane roads people don’t know which way a child is going to cross the street, so it’s important to slow down and keep an eye out.

Leaders who are taking a stand against drivers passing school buses (Source: WALB)
Leaders who are taking a stand against drivers passing school buses (Source: WALB)

“We have to watch as a driver to make sure nobody is coming. And drivers will come out of nowhere and just go right by you. So the safety of a child is more important than the time that somebody is trying to save going where they’re going,” said Allred.

Law enforcement and school officials don’t want anyone to get seriously injured.

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“In Early County and the city of Blakely you’re facing a $250 fine, $350 bond fee, and if you’re under 21, your license will be suspended,” said Allred.

In the final few days of school for this year, make sure to take your time.

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