We’ve all seen it, and we’ve all seen it far too often.
We’re stopped behind a school bus that is taking in or letting off students when a car comes flying by in the other direction.
When school buses stop, they have giant “STOP” signs that come out on both sides, signaling those behind the bus and those approaching from the front that they must stop.
This isn’t to slow traffic, it’s to protect the lives of those who might have to cross the street to get onto the bus or go home after school.
And it’s the law.
Unless you are on a divided highway, you have to stop when buses stop.
We’ve also all seen the people who speed through school zones or refuse to hang up their cell phones as they pass so perilously close to these precious young people.
Local law enforcement officials have said they are taking all these matters seriously and that they will write tickets when necessary. They also say that school bus drivers can report the license numbers of those who violate the law.
Good. These are serious lapses that can result in tragedy. The people who are speeding around school zones or failing to stop for buses might not be purposely risking students’ lives, but they are doing so nonetheless.
Let us hope that all our law enforcement agencies take aggressive action to discourage these potentially deadly practices. And other drivers can take action as well. If you see dangerous driving, call the police. You won’t be interfering in other people’s business; you could be saving a life.
Just as is the case with drunken driving, the police often rely on the assistance of the public in reporting people who are creating a public hazard. And that makes sense. There are fewer police officers than there are motorists. If we all keep an eye out for scofflaws, we can help the officers make our roads safer.
And that’s a benefit that can pay off for everyone.
If you see dangerous driving, pull to the side of the road, get on your phone and report it. You might feel like you’re getting someone in trouble with the police, but the impact of your action just might be that the other driver’s action doesn’t result in tragedy.
Let’s all do what we can to keep our kids safe.
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