School Bus Safety with Sheriff Larry Amerson

According to a new report from the American Red Cross, the start of school in Alabama comes with a stern reminder. Motorists are cautioned to be especially careful as they travel along Alabama’s streets and roads as school buses will again be on the road loading and unloading students across the state. According to the Alabama State Department of Education Pupil Transportation Section, the most dangerous part of a school bus ride is when the bus stops to load or unload students. And according to Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson, often, students are placed in danger by careless or distracted motorists. According to a recent annual survey by the ALSDE of illegal school bus passing conducted last spring, 1,713 motorists were recorded as illegally passing Alabama school buses in one day. Over an entire school year, this could result in over 308,000 illegal passings of school buses with each one endangering the life of students.

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