(Canton, Ohio) – This week Stark County students may share their seat on the school bus with a Stark County Deputy!
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies to put deputies on school buses across the county. The ‘Bus Ride for Safety’ program will take place during National School Bus Safety Week, October 22nd-October 26th and is a coordinated effort to raise the awareness of school bus safety to students and the public.
While riding the school buses deputies will observe school bus operations and report violations by motorists to deputies on patrol in the area. Statewide, from 2015 to 2017, a total of 4,198 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers. As buses stop to load and unload children, motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed. Drivers cannot resume driving until the school bus beings moving.
“Each day our local school buses transport our most precious cargo, our children,” said Sheriff George T. Maier. “Slow down in school zones and watch for stopped school buses. The safety of our children depends on all of us doing our part to keep them safe.”
Additionally, throughout the awareness campaign, law enforcement will increase enforcement efforts with a focus on motorists who fail to stop when school buses are loading and unloading students and speed violators inside school zones.