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DOE urges drivers to stop for school buses

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By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Education is urging drivers to obey school bus safety laws. The end of the school year is here, and as Lynn Hatter reports, the Department is acting on a recent survey showing numerous school bus law violations.

A recent survey by the Department of Education shows more than 8,900 illegal school bus pass-bys took place on a single day in Florida earlier this year. Drivers often don't stop when a school bus is loading and unloading children, even though many of them have flashing stop signs attached that come out as a warnings to drivers not to pass.

The issue is something some lawmakers tried to address during the recent legislative session by proposing to mount cameras on school buses to catch drivers, but the proposal failed.

Now that the end of the school year is here, more children are heading home for summer, and the Department of Education wants drivers to be more cautious as they pass those buses, and enter school zones.