(Little Rock, Ark.) -- Pulaski County residents will begin seeing Pulaski County Special School District buses on the roads as the 2019-2020 school year starts on August 13, 2019 and PCSSD officials remind residents the importance of obeying traffic laws.
“We can all agree that nothing could be more important than protecting our children,” says Charles Blake, PCSSD Director of Transportation. “Stopping for busses is not a mere suggestion. We have a responsibility as drivers to keep our most precious cargo safe during their entering and exiting of the school bus with flashing red lights.”
PCSSD is supporting the Arkansas Department of Education’s (ADE) seventh annual Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. school bus safety campaign and reminds Pulaski County residents that it is illegal to pass stopped school buses when the red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading the bus.
“It’s important to be aware of the flashing red lights,” says Blake. “Stopping means that your child, your niece, your nephew, your neighbor's child made it safely across the street. Stopping means that you don't have to live with a memory of what might happen if you had decided not to stop for the Flashing Red.”
In April, Arkansas school bus drivers reported 884 instances of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses in one day. Twelve of those instances occurred on the right side of the bus, where students enter and leave the bus.
ADE and PCSSD encourage schools and students to promote school bus safety on social media using #2019FlashingRed. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.flashingredkidsahead.org.