The Ohio State Highway Patrol released a video of a semi tractor-trailer passing a stopped Indian Lake school bus to kick off National School Bus Safety week which runs October 21 through October 25. The video was taken by the dash cam by a trooper on April 17. The video can be found at http://youtu.be/NZ9u5CmTy_E.
The violation was captured by the Patrol as a trooper, assigned to the Piqua District, was proactively shadowing an Indian Lake Local school bus on its morning route in an attempt to raise awareness about school bus safety, to deter violations and possibly observe a violation. Fortunately, there were no injuries in this instance; however it serves as a reminder to stay alert for stopped school busses. The driver of the tractor-trailer was stopped and issued a citation for passing a stopped school bus.
This year’s theme, “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black” reminds us that the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children is when they get on and off the bus.
“Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is loading or unloading passengers, children should not rely on them to do so,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Children exiting the bus should always stop and look both ways before crossing the street and remain alert to any sudden traffic changes.”
Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction should remember they are required to stop a least 10 feet back from buses displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop arm. From 2010 through 2012, 4,176 motorists were cited for failing to stop for a school bus when it was loading or unloading children.
For a complete statistical breakdown of school bus inspections, crashes and passing stopped school bus violations, visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/School_Bus_Bulletin_2013.pdf