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Nebraska district says drivers not stopping for school buses

Posted at 2:51 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 15:51:18-05

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska school district is asking drivers to obey state traffic laws after getting reports that some drivers aren’t stopping for school buses with their stop sign arms extended.

Hastings Public Schools officials have gotten reports of motorists putting student safety at risk by disregarding the stop sign arms, according to the Hastings Tribune.

David Essink, the district’s human resources and operations director, says most people ignoring the stop sign are going in the opposite direction of a school bus. In most cases, that’s just as illegal as passing a school bus from behind on the left.

Essink says one bus driver counted 200 vehicles ignoring the stop sign in one day.

Officials say driving around a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading is a safety risk because drivers can’t see around the bus easily and children may run into the street.