The 2015-2016 school year is just around the corner and the first day for students is August 13, 2015. It is important that drivers take special care and allow for extra travelling time as the buses make their stops to pick up or drop off students. Representatives from the Morehead Police Department and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand near various schools to help remind drivers to take extra precaution as this new school year begins.
It is important that bus drivers and motorists work together to keep students safe as they are boarding or getting off the school bus. Each school day buses from Rowan County Schools travel over 3,000 miles throughout the county picking up and dropping off students, winding their way through city streets and rural back roads. The school busses in the Rowan County Schools fleet are each equipped with red flashing lights and a stop sign to signal motorists to stop as well as a crossing control arm that helps bus drivers see the students as they are crossing in front of the bus.
When a school bus is traveling on the road, every driver should always be on the alert for children waiting at their bus stops. When the flashing red lights and the stop sign on the side of the bus are engaged, Kentucky law (KRS 189.370) requires motorists traveling in both directions to stop and allow the students to move safely to their destination. Drivers must remain stopped until all warning devices – the flashing red lights, the stop sign and the crossing control arm – have been disengaged and turned off. Any person who violates this law will be subject to being cited or arrested.
For those parents who will be dropping off or picking up their children, they must always be on the lookout for children as they make their way from cars to the school.
“The safety of our students is always of primary concern,” said Superintendent Marvin Moore. “We urge drivers to take extra precautions when they are driving on roads where school buses are present and when they are driving in school zones. In their excitement to begin the upcoming school year, some students may not be watching for oncoming cars, so everyone will need to raise their level of awareness to ensure that this is a safe and successful school year.”