Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - By Randy Moll

GEN­TRY — Flora L. For­rest, 60, of Tahle­quah, Okla., was cited on Sept. 14 in con­nec­tion to passing a stopped school bus on Pioneer Lane in Gen­try.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, For­rest was driv­ing a 2015 Chevro­let Tra­verse south­bound on Pioneer Lane when she al­legedly drove past a school bus stopped in a north­bound lane, with red lights flash­ing and the stop sign ex­tended, to dis­charge pas­sen­gers.

Passing School Buses

Ex­cept in a di­vided high­way with a 20-foot me­dian, Ar­kan­sas law re­quires driv­ers to stop com­pletely when ap­proach­ing school buses from any di­rec­tion when a bus has its red al­ter­nat­ing lights on. Ve­hi­cles are to re­main stopped un­til the bus pas­sen­gers are un­loaded and the bus is in mo­tion again. Fail­ure to do so, even if no ac­ci­dent en­sues, can re­sult in jail time, hefty fines, driver’s li­cense sus­pen­sion, and com­mu­nity ser­vice. Driv­ers who pass a stopped school bus and hit and kill a child can be found guilty of neg­li­gent homi­cide, a Class C felony.

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