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Bus safety remains concern as school year starts
By: Kerri Corrado
NEW GERMANY, Pa.
As the beginning of the school year approaches, PennDOT, local law enforcement and bus companies are reminding drivers to be alert.
"It is just a worry for us everyday, we want all of the kids to be safe," Transportation Coordinator for Central Cambria Becky Klezek said.
First Student, a school bus transportation service, buses more than 2,000 kids over several counties.
We try everything we can do to be safe and I think parents know that. I wish other people would slow down a little bit," she said.
Klezek wants to remind drivers about bus safety, something that is sometimes forgotten.
She says on some roads, cars and trucks drive too fast and do not pay attention to the caution lights.
"I had a dad grab his little boy back off the road four times in the past two years," she said.
A few reminders of the Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Law is drivers must stop at least 10 feet when a bus has it's flashing lights on, drivers must stop behind a bus even at an intersection, and drivers must not proceed until the lights are off.
"Slow down when you see those lights on the bus. When those lights are red make sure it stops," she said.
A few tips for parents and students are arrive early to the bus stop, stay away from the curb and roadside, never run after a bus and stay alert.