Monday marked the first day of school for many Georgia students. As a result,
residents can expect traffic delays during the morning and afternoon hours
as school buses transport students to and from school and as parents pick
up and drop off their children. This is particularly true in areas that
are nearby schools.
School official asks drivers to be patient and to allow themselves extra
time to reach their destination.
In Floyd County, the school system’s assistant to the superintendent,
Tim Hensley, asked individuals commuting to and from work to keep this
in mind and to exercise patience. Hensley suggests that commuters allot
additional time to get to work or other destinations during the first
week that school is in session. Traffic congestion should settle down
to a more normal pace in about a week or so.
Commuters should also use greater caution when they are driving in order
to ensure that students can safety walk to and from bus stops or their
school. Drivers should keep in mind that school buses make frequent stops
and make sure they are aware of the driving rules associated with driving
nearby school buses.
Georgia law requires vehicles to stop when a school bus stops to pickup
or unload children.
Georgia law, when driving on a two lane road, all traffic must come to a stop when
a school bus stops. The same is true for a four lane road, where there
is no median. This rule also applies to roads with two or more lanes that
have a center turning lane. However, on highways that have four or more
lanes and a median separation, only drivers following a bus are required
to stop. For additional information, drivers can refer to Georgia’s
Driver’s License Manual.
Nearly 1,250 fatal school transportation related accidents occurred between
2001 and 2010.
According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), approximately 1,250
fatal school transportation related accidentsoccurred between 2001 and 2010. Approximately 70 percent of individuals
who lost their lives in school transportation related accidents were occupants
of other vehicles. Another 7 percent of victims were occupations of school
transportation vehicles. The remaining 21 percent of deaths involved pedestrians,
cyclists, and other non-vehicle occupants.
Georgia has one of the highest rates of school transportation related accidents
in the country.
Georgia has one of the highest rates of student fatalities resulting from
school transportation related accidents in the country. For example, in
April 2012 an 11 year old boy was killed after being stuck by a vehicle
on his was to a school bus stop in Henry County, Georgia.
National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendation requiring that
new vehicles be installed with safety technology that would prevent accidents.
In response to fatal school transportation related accidents which have
occurred in recent years, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
recently issued recommendations that would require new vehicles to be
installed with safety technology that would allow cars and trucks to communicate
with one another.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a school transportation related
accident, or if your loved one has been killed in such an accident, you
should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney can help you receive
the compensation you deserve.