COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is watching for law breakers at school bus stops and bus zones more closely this week.
Troopers are taking part in National School Bus Safety Week through October 24.
The theme At My Stop, You Stop is a reminder that the most dangerous part of the ride to school is actually getting on and off the school bus.
Troopers say they plan to strictly enforce the law in and around school zones. They will also follow school buses on their daily routes looking for people breaking traffic laws.
“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.”
The OSP says drivers need to remember they must stop at least 10 feet back from a school bus that is stopped and flashing its red lights.
You can look over a statistical breakdown of school bus inspections, crashes and stopped school bus violations provided on line by the OSP to see how safe your kids are while riding the bus.