Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office remind the community that it is critical that motorists take proper safety precautions when approaching a school bus. The Sheriff’s Office has experienced an influx of reports from the community regarding school bus stop-arm violations. The Traffic Safety Unit Division takes these reports very seriously.

Motorists are required to remain stationary until the red lights of the school bus go off, or the bus continues to travel down the road. These are serious infractions that can lead to injury of students or other motorists, and violators will be fined $570 and will be given three points on their licenses.

The National Highway Administration reported that an average of 24 children die in school transportation-related crashes each year (11 occupants and 13 pedestrians). Many children are struck by motorists as they step off the buses. According to the NHTSA, more students are killed getting on or off buses than while riding them.

As you travel our roads— BE PATIENT, SLOW DOWN, and PAY ATTENTION—Our Kids Matter.