Terre Haute, Ind. (WTHI)- School is back in session for Vigo County in just a couple of weeks. Buses will be back on the roads and you could easily find yourself behind one of them.
In fact, officials say there are around 16,000 of them just on Indiana highways on any given day.
First comes the flashing lights then there’s that stop arm. Despite what your instincts may tell you if you’re in a hurry…that doesn’t mean slow down and continue by. Nor does it speed up. It simply means stop.
But, what if you aren’t directly behind the bus and you think you can continue onward?
Sergeant Joe Watts with the Indiana State Police says “if it’s divided by a physical barrier, grassy median or cement wall you do not have to stop in the opposite direction. Again, on all two lane roads, all county road two lane roads, county roads etc. you have to stop at all times.”
Lisa Weatherford is going on her 16th year as a bus driver and there is a lot she loves about it.
“You are the first one to see them in the morning and you’re the last one to see them get off the bus at night,” she says.
So unfortunately she has seen the dangers it can cause when drivers don’t follow those basic rules.
“It’s very upsetting as a bus driver because you know these children, any children, you open that door and sometimes they’re crossing right in front of you and you know if there’s cars coming it’s just…nobody wants to see that. You get all shook up as a bus driver…it scares you to death when people run your stop arm like that. So you’re protective of them and it scares you even all the more,” she said.
It’s a worry about an accident that could easily be avoided with a little patience.
“As adults we have to protect them, we have to be extra cautious extra safe and just stop. It only takes a few minutes. So just stop and let them get off the bus and everyone have a good day,” she advised.