What's one of the things we hear about first when the school year is about to begin? Yes, it's watching out for children crossing the street, and stopped school buses. No brainer there it would seem, but not everyone apparently gets the massage or just choose to ignore it.

I continually hear about vehicles passing stopped school buses dropping off students at home. The stop sign has been deployed, the bright red lights are flashing. But yet, some just continue to pass just the same.

I'm trying to wrap my head around why some drivers think this is okay. Sure, we are all in a hurry to get from point A to point B, but that bus stop isn't going to take up too much of your time.

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In the past, it was difficult to impossible for the school bus driver to report these illegal maneuvers, trying to remember the make and color of the car and maybe the license plate.

But now, cameras are being installed on school buses that will do all the work identifying drivers who illegally pass a school bus. Violators will receive in the mail a Notice of Liability. The Broome County Office of Emergency Services has displayed an example of what a Notice of Liability looks like, and it includes pictures of the violation, along with a $250 dollar fine. Check out the notice and rules of the road concerning school buses below.

Is this worth a fine? More importantly, is this worth hitting and injuring a child crossing the road because you are too impatient to wait a few seconds? No to both. Keep our kids safe. Don't pass a school bus with the stop sign extended, lights blinking red, and children unloading.

via Broome County Office of Emergency Services 

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