Jefferson City Increases Bus Safety

1 decade 2 years 2 months ago Monday, October 16 2006 Oct 16, 2006 Monday, October 16, 2006 5:25:23 PM CDT October 16, 2006 in News

While police said there's not enough information to consider school bus violations a "real problem" in Jefferson City, some say it is.

"This is a serious problem at this time. We haven't had any students injured...killed, but it's always until then. Just yesterday I had someone run my stop arm," First Student Safety Coordinator Kevin Francis said.

Bus drivers and the police want motorists to be more cautious when driving in school zones and more aware of stopped buses.

"The amber lights are activated as the driver is approaching a stop. When they stop the bus and open the door, that triggers another switch where the red lights are activated, the crossing arm comes out, and the stop arm on the side of the bus come out. That's when it's telling motorists, 'You must stop!'" First Student Manager Bill Lehman said.

After just three hours, Jefferson City Police had already stopped four drivers. A hazardous moving violation grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation allowed for additional police to monitor violators.

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