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School Officials Urge Georgia Drivers to Exercise Caution on Roadways as School Year Begins

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.

Under 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.