New Bus Laws?

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

It's that time of year when students are heading back to school, and with kids back in classes that means buses are back on the roads.

And kids are at bus stops waiting for them. For Dad William Frye, it's a concern.

"I'm out here 'cause it's a busy road and I'm concerned about my son," says Frye.

But he and other parents may soon rest a little easier. Page County school superintendent Dr. Robert Chappell is working on some changes that may help.

Right now a law penalizes motorists who drive through the bus' flashing red warning lights, Chappell wants the law to be amended to include the flashing yellow warning lights, too.

"We have two major goals. The first is the safety of our students. That's first and foremost. The second is our student's learning and they can't learning if they're not safe and that's a key issue," explains Dr. Chappell.

The move stems from an April accident where a six-year-old boy was struck by a car as he crossed the street to board his bus. Chappell wants to keep that from happening again.

Chappell says, "I just want to raise awareness. People need to slow down, it's too late when someone's seriously injured."

And parents are on board with the plan. "Anything to keep the kids safe," says Frye.

Chappell has sent his request onto Senator Kevin Miller and Delegate Allen Louderback.

He hopes it will be presented at the upcoming General Assembly session for consideration.


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