Bus drivers look out for illegal vehicle passings

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) On average, at least once a week, a Wood County school bus is passed by a motorist, while students are getting on and off the bus.

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That's not only a hazard to students. It's illegal for drivers to do so.

All of the school buses are outfitted with cameras, so bus drivers can keep a watch on passing vehicles.

The school transportation director says bus drivers are also instructed to pause before picking up or dropping off students, to make sure no vehicles are passing.

But drivers are reminded it's the law to stop for buses displaying flashing lights.

"If you see a school bus, whether (or not) that school bus appears to be stopping, you should be paying a lot of attention to what that bus is doing," says Transportation Director Regina Graham. "And if you see the amber lights come on, it means the bus is preparing to stop. You should be preparing to stop, and not trying to run the yellow lights."

Graham says the school system might consider a new alert system Kanawha County Schools has implemented for some of its buses.

Currently, it costs the school system more than $200 a camera to outfit each of its vehicles.