If a school bus has its stop arm extended: STOP
Earlier this year, reports of vehicles passing school buses that were stopped and had the school bus stop arm extended prompted district officials to place stop arm cameras on select district buses.
District reports show that 58 such violations were reported between December 3 and January 11. The district is working closely with the Yorkville Police Department and the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office to prosecute these violators with the goal of preventing a horrible community tragedy.
Although the U.S. Department of Transportation maintains that “the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road” with students being 70-times more likely to get to school safely by bus rather than by car, it does not mean that, as a community, there isn’t room for improvement.
As the district works to enhance its bus safety initiatives, we need our school community to model school bus safety laws when sharing the road with buses. This includes obeying bus stop arm laws in school parking lots and around neighborhood bus stops. Also, if you happen to capture a license plate number of such a driver violation, please immediately report it to the Yorkville Police Department at 630-553-4340.
School bus safety is something we take very seriously in District 115. In our daily communications with our transportation vendor, Septran, we collaborate to offer specialized bus driver trainings, to investigate and address concerns, and to help support the dedicated drivers who are focused on making sure our students arrive to school and back home safely. Please review the following bus safety information and links as we work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, this danger to our children.
Yorkville Police Department: Safety Notification
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-bus-safety
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services Videos: http://www.nasdpts.org/stoparm/index.html