Passing a school bus that has come to a stop may seem like a minor thing to some drivers. In fact, one has only to look at a recent Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee report to realize that even though it’s illegal to pass a school bus, most drivers don’t take the law seriously. They report that on April 16, which is the date for the annual safety initiative, police wrote out an astounding 1,186 tickets to drivers who chose to ignore the law and passed a stopped school bus.
These drivers might think again, however, if they realized that each year in the United States there are nearly a dozen school children between the ages of 5 to 18 that are killed in an accident that involves a motorist who decided to pass a school bus illegaly. This data come from multiple sources, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and independent research perform by School Transportation News.
While this may seem like a relatively small number nationally, keep in mind that state officials report there are approximately 2.3 million students in the state of New York who are dependent on riding buses each day to get to school. They also report that on any given day, there are also about 50,000 drivers who are illegally passing school buses when they are stopped.
Individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one due to a negligent driver who failed to yield to a school bus may be entitled to compensation for their injuries or loss of their loved one. They may find it beneficial to learn more about their legal rights as they pertain to their individual case.
Source: School Transportation News, “Failure To Stop,” Michelle Fisher, May. 19, 2015