Drivers Often Ignore 'Stop' Sign

It's estimated that more than half of the nation's school children ride the school bus every day. The American Bus Council says it's the safest mode of transportation. And local officials say more often than not, it's other motorists who pose the biggest safety threat to students who ride the bus.

"The most dangerous times are when students are getting on a school bus and when they're getting off a school bus," said Jason Chisolm, Meridian Public Schools transportation director.

"The motorists tend to sometimes ignore the school buses, and one thing they shouldn't do is ignore the school buses," said Roger Wright, Lauderdale County Schools transportation director.

Wright and Chisolm both agree that this is especially true when the yellow lights on the bus are flashing.

"If the lights are flashing, that bus is about to stop," Wright said.

"Sometimes there are mailboxes or garbage cans and things around the house, and if somebody was trying to run the stop sign and their view was blocked of that kid, and he steps out, of course, they have a situation," Chisolm said.

In Mississippi if a student lives within one mile of his or her school, the parents are responsible for getting the child to school. That means students are also walking and crossing streets on foot, as well as crossing to board buses.

"No matter what you're late for, it's not worth risking somebody's life."

Under Nathan's Law in Mississippi, fines for passing a stopped school bus while children are present can reach up to $5,000. This violation may also lead to suspension of the driver's license and up to one year in jail.

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  • by Bobbie Location: Neshoba county on Nov 6, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    I have been a bus driver for 16 years and there always seems someone out there that finds away to blame the busdriver for everything! No one wants to drive behind a bus, we are driving to slow for for the public to drive behind us BUT to fast all the other times. The public has no idea what the busdriver is dealing with on a daily basis.We have alot of hats to wear every time that bus has childern on it. We have one set of eyes to see everything!Please help us protect all of our childern!!!!
  • by Charles Foster Offdensen Location: Meridian on Nov 5, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    What about the , dangerous, law breaking bus drivers putting our children in harms way on a daily basis? The speed limit for school buses in Mississippi is 45mph under normal circumstances and 50mph for students on field trips. Studies show that buses, with no seat belts, travelling faster than this, put our children in danger. Whens the last time you saw a school bus going 45mph on a main road? Why does our law enforcement allow this? Ever heard of a school bus driver getting a speeding ticket? What about train tracks? I see school buses loaded with kids blow through rail crossings all of the time. I think we need some standards and enforcement for the BUS DRIVERS. Maybe all of these lethal bus wrecks weve seen in the news lately wouldnt have been lethal if the bus drivers wouldnt have been speeding as we all know they do.
  • by Al on Nov 5, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    How smart do you have to be to see that BIG YELLOW BUS and know to stop when it is stopped? There is no excuse for not stopping for a bus.
  • by RR Location: lauderdale county on Nov 5, 2011 at 02:41 AM
    From what I have seen in Meridian,The city school bus drivers aren't very safe drivers.I have seen them run red lights on more than one occasion.
  • by Barbara Location: Neshoba on Nov 5, 2011 at 01:12 AM
    As a neshoba county bus driver i can't even count the times my stop sign has been run people need to pay attention just a few weeks ago i almost saw a child hit by a car the car came to a stop about 3 feet from that child i hope it scared the daylights out of that driver i know it did me and as for mailboxes blocking the bus i think what he was saying that mailboxes and trashcans can block the view of a child and you might not see them until it is to late so PLEASE "STOP" FOR ALL BUSES ....
  • by bubba on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    a mailbox are trash can is not blocking that big yellow bus with all those flashing red lights. there is no reason anyone should be in such a hurry to not stop for that bus.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Neshoba Co. on Nov 4, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    My brother was killed by someone who passed a stopped school bus. A citation was never even issued. It's time for the laws to get tougher so people will watch out for the precious cargo those buses carry.
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