LIMA — Thousands of Ohio school children will be heading back to school later this month, and for many of those students their day starts and ends by riding a school bus. The safety of the students riding to and from school and to school-sanctioned events is a top priority for law enforcement, according to Lt. Tim Grigsby, commander of the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
“Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility by school bus drivers and motorists,” said Grigsby. “Motorists should always exercise caution while children are boarding and exiting school buses.”
From 2016 through 2018, 3,962 traffic crashes involved school buses in Ohio. During this time, four fatal crashes occurred killing four and injuring 1,268. None of those killed were on a school bus, according to a press release issued by the patrol.
Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed and cannot resume driving until the school bus begins moving. The Patrol also reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for school bus stops.
“All Ohioans can help make this school year a safe one,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in the release. “School bus safety involves a commitment from motorists, parents and children.”