While laws differ from state to state, most states have traffic laws governing when and how a driver can pass a school bus. For example, in Georgia, drivers must wait behind a bus when the arm is extended and the bus is stopped. If there is no dividing wall or median, traffic in the other direction must stop as well. A great majority of students who are injured in bus-related accidents are injured when getting on or off of the bus. A number of these injuries are caused not by the bus, but by drivers disregarding the traffic rules. Several have occurred in numerous states recently, as KARE 11 reports.
As of November 2nd, there have been 6 bus stop accidents involving school children in the previous three days.
Last Thursday morning, 5 children and two adults were hit by a car while waiting at a school bus stop in Tampa, Florida. All of the people who were hit by the vehicle were hospitalized.
Also last Thursday, a 7-year-old was discovered on the ground at the bus stop with fatal injuries by the bus driver. This incident took place in the Tyrone Area School District in Pennsylvania. State police are calling the incident a hit-and-run and are still searching for the driver.
Last Wednesday, two brothers were hit at a bus stop in Louisville, Kentucky at around 6:30 a.m. The brothers, who were trying to cross a busy intersection, were struck by a driver. Police are still searching for the driver in that accident as well.
Mississippi and Florida saw additional bus stop incidents on Wednesday as well.
Last Tuesday, twin brothers and their older sister were hit as they tried to board a school bus in Indiana. A fourth child, unrelated to the siblings, was struck as well. The children were struck by a female driving a pickup truck, who disregarded the extended stop arm of the bus. The driver stayed after the incident and cooperated with authorities. Although she was released at that time, she was arrested later that day.
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