School bus safety event held

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Last week, an Austintown Schools bus driver was stopped and cited after a state trooper noticed some of the students were not seated properly.

Sunday, the district’s Transportation Department held an event on school bus safety.

Students and their parents were allowed on the buses and in the driver’s seat to get a first-hand look at what the bus drivers see everyday.

Austintown school bus drivers were also on hand, quizzing students on things such as how they’re supposed to sit, as well as the rules for crossing in front of a school bus.

“It is so very important that parents be supportive of the driver and the rules,” said Colleen Murphy, Director of Transportation Services.

“I felt comfortable with my daughter riding the bus everyday to school, or going to field trips. And I was amazed at the professionalism of the bus drivers,” added parent Charles Kalinich.

The Austintown Transportation Department has done the school bus safety event in the past and said it was very successful.


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