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Sheriff urges motorists to stop while students are loading, unloading

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

School bus drivers for the Lincoln County R-III School District informed Sheriff John Cottle and Troy Chief Jeff Taylor there’s an increasing number of Lincoln County drivers passing stopped school buses while they are loading and unloading students.

Since school children often cannot judge vehicle speed and distance fast enough to react passing a stopped school bus can be especially dangerous. In today’s age, children are easily distracted by electronic gadgets making a driver’s responsibility around school buses even greater.

The school bus drivers are trained to write down the violator’s license plate number and pass it to law enforcement. In turn, a deputy will issue the registered owner of the vehicle a citation for failure to stop for a school bus.

“Our priority is the safety of our children,” said Sheriff Cottle.

The Sheriff’s Office and Troy Police Department are working with the Transportation Department of the Lincoln County R-III School District to prosecute violators.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office works closely with all Lincoln County school districts and municipalities to curb drivers who violate standing school bus laws.