School Bus Safety

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In Florida this week there's a new push to educate everyone during "National School Bus Safety Week."

The yellow school bus is one of the safest modes of transportation for students, according to Florida's Department of Education, but in a single day more than 10,000 motorists pass one illegally in the state.

"The bus drivers are telling us they have certain locations that can be a real problem and it really is quite a problem in Florida," said Charlie Hood, Director of Student Transportation for Florida's Department of Education.

Leon County sheriffs are teaming up with the Department of Education to remind drivers that stopping for a school bus is more than just the law, it's a child's life.

"Educate the motorist public so that we don't have these traffic crashes, so we don't kill a child trying to get on the bus," said LT Bill Fair of the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

"Please, when they are on the road, just please look out for them, they're your children, they're our children," said Kay Kanupp, Chief Training Instructor for Florida's Department of Education.

Officials said when lights are flashing motorists in both directions must stop unless there is a raised median.

"Today is a prime example because it's raining on the roadways and still people are driving fast, but when you have police out there enforcing the law it's very comforting as a parent to know that your children are safe," said Kasongo Butler-Nelson, a parent.

Experts urge drivers to be patient throughout the year, saying it's not worth the risk of taking a child's life to save a few minutes of time.