Georgia's First Lady, Sandra Deal, has helped kick off a new "Stop Means Stop" initiative to educate Georgia drivers about the laws regarding passing school buses.
Mrs. Deal toured the state with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and the Department of Education in August to spread the word about school bus safety.
Thousands of Georgia drivers violate the law every day, endangering children who are boarding or leaving school buses.
Under Georgia law, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop when a school bus activates its “stop” arm. The law always applies to vehicles traveling the same direction as a bus. Motorists traveling in the opposite direction may only proceed if there is an unpaved median or barrier separating them from the lane the bus is traveling in.
A one-day survey in May showed that 7,349 vehicles illegally passed stopped school buses, down from 8,102 vehicles last year. Not all of the state’s school districts submitted data, so the actual number is higher.
Since 1995, 11 Georgia school children have been killed in vehicle accidents near bus stops. Nationwide, more than 20 children are killed every year while getting on or off buses.
Last year, stop-arm cameras were installed on 102 Georgia school buses. They can capture images of license plates up to 100 yards away.
Penalties for drivers caught by the cameras can include a $300 fine for the first offense.
Stricter enforcement of the stop-arm law was prompted by the death of a 5-year-old Mountain View Elementary student in 2009. She was struck by an elderly driver as she disembarked from a school bus.
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