School bus stops: Stop

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Now that school has started back, mo­torists on many of our county roads are find­ing their com­mute time ex­tended be­cause of the band of bright yel­low school busses car­ry­ing our chil­dren to and from their homes and school.

If the lights are red and the stop sign is out, ev­ery ve­hi­cle on the road with­out a me­dian must stop be­cause chil­dren may be cross­ing the road from both di­rec­tions. If there is a me­dian in the mid­dle of the road, cars go­ing the op­po­site di­rec­tion can con­tinue.

It takes more than a lit­tle pa­tience to fol­low the rules as one of these busses lum­bers down the road, stop­ping ev­ery few blocks to pick up chil­dren. But there are some ma­jor fines — $300 for the first vi­o­la­tion and six points on your li­cense – if you de­cide you just can’t be pa­tient and try to pass a bus. This is be­cause many of them in New­ton County now have cam­eras to record you if you do pass when the red lights are flash­ing.

The pic­tures taken are be­ing turned over to the Sher­iff’s Of­fice, and you will be is­sued a ticket.

Just be­cause you’re stuck be­hind a bus or you’re run­ning late for that meet­ing doesn’t mean you should en­dan­ger those who aren’t even tall enough yet to reach a gas pedal. We sug­gest that un­til next May, you make plans to leave home ear­lier, put some nice mu­sic on and en­joy your leisurely ride to the of­fice.

In do­ing so, you will en­sure that none of our chil­dren are killed or maimed for the rest of their lives.

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