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Superintendent stresses Bus Safety Week

This week is National Bus Safety Week, according to Superintendent Deborah Watts of the Jenkins Independent School District. Jenkins Independent transports approximately 600 students to and from school each day.

“During School Bus Safety Week, we want to inform the citizens of our district about our pupil transportation program,” said Watts. “We are also asking for their cooperation in helping us to maintain or even improve our safety record. Our bus drivers are doing a great job, but they need the cooperation of other motorists.

One of the most common driver complaints is that other motorists frequently violate the school bus stop law, according to Watts. “Motorists are required to stop for stopped school buses that are displaying flashing red lights and a stop arm,” she said. “Sometimes drivers are not fully alert and pass a stopped school bus. This is a very dangerous situation for the children, especially for younger ones who may not be watching traffic as closely as they should.”

She also reminded drivers of the time change that will be taking place Oct. 31. “Some of our students will be catching the bus in the dark,” Watts said. “Working together, we can keep our children safe.”

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