Parents are expressing their concerns and fear on social media of motorists speeding past school buses who have stopped to pick up their children.
This is driver's ed. basics... all vehicles traveling in both directions must stop at least 10 feet away when a school bus has their red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Parents are saying motorists either don't know this, or they don't care.
Megan Kurytnak, Parent, says this happens every day when she drops off or picks up her daughter, Riley, from her bus stop. They live on a dead-end road in Harborcreek, therefore, Riley's bus has to stop on the corner of busy Buffalo Road and Forbes Street. She posted a video on Facebook and it was flooded with comments from parents sharing the same concern.
Despite the situation, she praises the actions of the bus driver, who is employed by the 'Student Transportation of America' bus service for the Harbor Creek School District. "I am impressed, though, with her bus driver... she kept that door closed until those cars were past and did not let those kids out of the bus. So she did what she was supposed to do and also honked the horn to make these drivers aware."
But, she pleads with drivers to take more caution. "These are our children... there's been accidents before and it should never happen... Just please, please be careful... these are our children... they will sometimes get off and go running... and you never know where they're going to go. Just stop. Obey the law."
The State Police tell us if a person is convicted of violating Pennsylvania's school bus stopping law, they could get a $250 fine, five points added to their driving record, and a 60-day mandatory license suspension. This is something the State Police take very seriously.
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