New Survey Shows Increase in Motorists Illegally Passing Buses

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Children in danger as more drivers are illegally passing stopped school buses, according to a recent survey.

Almost 4,000 in over 200 districts in the state participated in the survey this year.

This one day study happened on April 24 when school bus drivers kept track of people that passed them when they were stopped with lights flashing,

They recorded 884 instances of illegal passing that day, an increase from 857 instances in April 2018.

Act 166 of 2019 states it’s illegal for drivers to pass stopped buses with red lights flashing. If convicted, you can get a fine of $500 to $2500. 

Director of Transportation for Fayetteville Public Schools, Mike McClure said this isn’t just an Arkansas issue, but a nationwide problem. He said it’s important to raise awareness of this dangerous trend.

“Everyday we’re concerned that a student may be hit by someone passing our lights illegally and that’s something you can’t come back from,” McClure said.

McClure said the district works closely with local, county, and state police to combat this issue.

He added the agencies have an increased presence across the area keeping a watchful eye, which can help cut down these instances.

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