TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - School buses have some new features that should make it easier to keep everyone safe.
“Adults don't get up in the morning and say I want to run over a little kid, they come up and they're just not paying attention,” said Transportation Supervisor for Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island Schools Jack Burns.
Deanna Carter Murphy gets on the bus that will take her to her elementary school in Tonawanda, a bus noticeable different than the ones her parents may have taken. Flashing LED strobe lights, Stop signs with lights, an extended arm, these are just a few of the improvements on newer school buses in western New York, in the name of student safety.
“We're looking for motorists to be aware, when the yellow lights on top of the bus start flashing prepare to stop and when the red lights come on, you stop,” said Transportation Supervisor for Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island Schools Jack Burns.
Burns knows that accidents can happen. He is helping to remind drivers of how important it is to pay attention, first and foremost, to keep children safe and also to keep you out of trouble.
Violating bus laws in the state of New York comes with serious consequences, fines from $250-400, five points on your license, even up to 30 days in jail for failing to stop for a school bus that has flashing red lights.
Bus Driver and Safety Leader Cindy McCarthy said, “If they have to cross, the buses are huge, if anyone gets hit by a bus its very, very dangerous. They really need to pay attention to the driver.”
Deanna makes it school safely, and heads off to class. The kind of uneventful morning parents, teachers and drivers all hope she will have every day, when it comes to riding the bus.
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