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With more than 100 stop sign violations already, LCSD1 reminds drivers about stopping for school buses

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 6:04 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It’s only the third week of school for Laramie County School District 1 but its already having to remind drivers about school bus safety.

“When you see a school bus stop sign, stop means stop. Basically in Wyoming statute, you have to stop unless there’s a physical barrier separating the bus from your lane,” said LCSD1 Transportation Program Administrator, Adam Greenwood.

You might think you won’t get caught, but the moment the bus driver activates the stop sign, everything begins to be recorded.

“When a driver has somebody run their stop sign, they radio dispatch. The driver also has a button inside the bus, they mark their tape, and so we pull the video and get it over to the local law enforcement,” said Greenwood.

All state school buses have a stop-arm camera. Greenwood said LCSD1 has also invested into more cameras which make it easier to identify license plates and drivers. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be stopping people.

“In the first eight days, we’ve had 102 stop sign violations. The majority of them are from the rear bus to the front of the bus, and it’s putting students in danger. Students just can’t see when they get off the bus, if a car is on the left hand side of the school bus, it’s a blind spot for our kids,” said Greenwood.

Greenwood asked drivers, when you’re thinking of driving past a stopped school bus, is the chance of hitting a kid really worth it?

“What’s a student’s life worth? Is it worth you getting to work a minute, minute and a half late? But you save a student’s life? Schools out, we just need to be very cautious, let’s be patient, the bus will move and so please when you see stop, stop,” said Greenwood.

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