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LAPS: Bus Safety Campaign Starts Monday

on February 9, 2019 - 6:52am
Los Alamos Public Schools bus lot. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public Schools will kick off its school bus safety campaign Monday. This campaign will encourage drivers in Los Alamos to be extra vigilant and stop when the stop arm is extended.
Running the stop arm and flashing red lights of a school bus is not only against the law, it also endangers the safety of students getting on and off the bus.
Over the next few weeks, LAPS will be promoting bus safety in the schools and across the community. Los Alamos County is presenting a proclamation to
LAPS naming the week of Feb. 11-15, 2019 as “School Bus Safety Week.”
Since the beginning of the school year, and even the start of the new semester, LAPS bus drivers have reported an increasing number of cars, throughout Los Alamos County, driving through the stop arm and flashing red lights of LAPS school buses. Last semester, more than 65 cars ran a bus stop arm; in the past month alone, more than 20 cars have driven through a bus stop arm.
In Los Alamos County, the penalty for running a school bus stop arm is, at minimum, a $265 fine and six points off the motorist's driver's license.
Each and every driver can do their part by remembering school bus safety rules and tips.
First, drive slowly and look for children waiting at the bus stop, walking or riding their bicycles to school;
Second, know what the flashing lights indicate. A red flashing light with the extended stop arm means traffic is required to stop, even in both directions of a two-lane road. Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is preparing to stop, so proceed with caution; and
Finally, follow all school zone speed limits, look for students in crosswalks and never pass a bus on the outside of a turn.
Direct questions about school bus stops and school bus safety to the transportation department at 505.663.2255.