With the beginning of the new school year fast approaching, Georgia school
officials are ramping up their efforts to remind motorists about bus stop
safety. According to Cliff Shearouse, who serves as transportation director
for Henry County Schools, Georgia has one of the highest rates of
motor vehicle accident related student fatalities. In April 2012, one of these accidents occurred
in Henry County; an 11 year old boy from Local Grove was struck by a vehicle
as he was walking to the bus stop on his way to school.
Georgia officials are taking steps to educate the public regarding traffic
laws related to bus stop safety and increasing enforcement efforts.
Initiatives include educating the public about traffic laws at bus stops,
and school districts have implemented safety measures such as automated
safety camera systems, which capture evidence of motorists who violate
traffic laws along school bus routes. This information will be used to
prosecute violators and to impose penalties.
Motorists are reminded that observing a school bus in their proximity means
that school children may be nearby and that the motorists should exercise
additional caution. School children are at greatest risk for being involved
in a motor vehicle related accidents when they are loading or unloading
from a school bus. As such, school officials recommend that motorists
pay particular attention for children crossing streets to get on or off
school buses from 6:30 am to 9 am and again from 2:30 pm to 5 pm.
If your child has been hurt in a traffic accident while en route to or
from a bus stop, contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. An attorney can help
you seek the compensation you deserve.