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Officials stressing school bus safety as summer comes to an end

Posted at 5:15 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 17:31:13-04

HARFORD COUNTY, Md. — Summer vacation ends in less than a week which means kids will be out at at the bus stop on your way to and from work.

This has sparked officials across the state to stress bus safety.

In Harford County, sheriff's deputies would follow some school buses to catch drivers illegally passing stopped school buses. This year however, they'll be riding with students on the way to school.

"We are actually going to have deputies on some of the school buses in the areas where the school bus drivers have reporting numerous violations of drivers passing the school buses illegally."

Drivers will receive a citation or given a warning.

Depending on where you are on the road makes a difference on whether or not you have to abide by the flashing stop sign.

If you are on a two-lane road, like in your neighborhood and bus stops, drivers are on both sides of the road are required to stop.

On a road with more lanes, traffic on both sides has to stop. The difference is when there is a physical barrier between your lane of travel and those going the opposite direction.

Those on the same side of the bus have to stop, but the other side can keep going.

Officials want to remind all drivers to slow down and use caution when driving.