Many school bus drivers can tell you about the repeated violations that they encounter on a regular basis. The following video was captured on Monday afternoon in Estill County near the area of Drowning Creek.
It offers a brief look at the issues that threaten the safety of bus drivers and students alike.
According to the Kentucky Department of Education, 8,795 school buses in Kentucky transport over 385,000 students on school buses daily. When other motorists pass school buses while students are entering and exiting, it can result in injury and, in some cases, death. Kentucky law mandates that if any school or church bus used in the transportation of children is stopped upon a highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, with the stop arm and signal lights activated, the operator of a vehicle approaching from any direction shall bring their vehicle to a stop and shall not proceed until the bus has completed receiving or discharging passengers and has been put into motion.
The stop requirement mandated by state law does not apply to vehicles approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction upon a highway of four or more lanes, however.
The portion of Highway 52 captured in this viewer submitted video only contained three lanes. According to Kentucky law, this means that other motorists are prohibited from passing the bus while it is stopped. Drivers that are caught violating school bus stop laws can receive a penalty on their driving record and be fined hundreds of dollars.