Nebraska drivers are now sharing the roads with hundreds of school buses. Every year children are put in harm’s way by drivers that ignore the red flashing stop lights and stop arms activated by the bus driver. Triple-A Nebraska spokesperson Rose White says the simple rule to remember is to stop all ways, always.
White says, “The rules are very clear in Nebraska. When the red stop lights and stop arm are activated the driver must stop and remain stopped until the bus driver retracts the stop and deactivates the red warning lights.”
The only exception occurs when approaching a school bus in the opposite direction on a roadway divided by a median. White says drivers should also stop a reasonable distance from the bus to allow children to safely cross the street. Always slow down when approaching or overtaking a bus and be prepared to stop.
There have been 10 people killed so far this year in traffic related accidents and that is twice the number from one year ago. Compared to the past four years pedestrian deaths are up 48% in Nebraska.