CIRCLEVILLE – With summer drawing to a close, thousands of local children will soon be heading back to school, and, for many, the day will include rides on school buses.

According to the Circleville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP), school buses are required to be inspected twice per year “to ensure they are safe to transport children to and from school, as well as to school-sanctioned events.”

“From 2015 to 2017, a total of 4,198 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers,” said Lt. Steven K. Herron, of the Circleville Post of the OSP.

The OSP has offered a few tips for motorists when sharing the roadways with school buses, including stopping no less than 10 feet in front of or behind a bus when flashing lights and the extended arm is displayed.

“A motorist cannot resume driving until the school bus begins moving,” said Herron. “Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility. Motorists should always exercise caution while children are boarding and exiting school buses.”

The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for school bus stops.

For a complete statistical breakdown of school bus inspections, crashes and passing stopped school bus violations, visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/School_Bus_Bulletin_2018.pdf.

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