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So the State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to pay attention and be alert for stopped school buses.
Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction should remember they are required to stop a least 10 feet back from buses displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop arm.
From 2010 through 2012, over 41-hundred motorists were cited for failing to stop for a school bus when it was loading or unloading children.
Patrol Superintendent Paul Pride says children should not rely motorists stopping.
Colonel Pride says they should always stop when they get off a bus and look both ways before crossing the street. And they should remain alert to any sudden traffic changes.
The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops. Also, exercise patience and never pass a stopped school bus.