YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s back to school Monday for students in several districts across the Valley, so drivers need to pay attention to the school buses that are back on the roads this week.
That’s the message from Ohio State Highway Patrol, which said there were seven deadly crashes involving school buses in 2014, with all of them happening in the fall months.
Youngstown’s chief of transportation wants drivers to follow the law to keep kids safe.
“Pay attention to the yellows, because the yellows will let you know that the bus is about to start,” Youngstown City Schools Transportation Chief Winnie Thompson said. “Look for the reds, and please don’t drive the stop signs. Just remember that on the other side of that stop sign, there is a child.
The highway patrol also wants parents to do their part to make sure kids know to look both ways before crossing the street in front of a school bus. Over the last three years, Ohio has seen almost four thousand traffic crashes involving school buses, according to the OSHP.