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Keeping bus riders safe this school year

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It's a fresh start for thousands of students who strapped on their backpacks and headed to class after a long summer break. It's also time to brush up on the rules of the road to help keep our young learners out of harms way. 

Henry Mashue never wants to see a student get hit by a car leaving a school bus.

That scary scene has already played out in Austin, Texas where a car blew through the red lights and hit a student. Fortunately, the child was not seriously hurt.

Mashue is transportation director for Meridian Schools. Now that class is back in session he wants everyone to be aware and pay attention.

“We're trying to alert the public,” Mashue said. “You know you got to be cautious. We're going to stop and pick up a child. Once the bus comes to a stop and the door opens and the red light goes on the traffic is required to stop and wait for the children to cross."

Meanwhile drivers said they're on the lookout for that big yellow bus.

“Of course you got to look out for the kids. The kids don't look out for themselves most of the time. They're always busy so that's a dangerous time,” one driver said.

Mashue said he sees people drive around his busses and he wants that to stop. He said his staff is committed to making sure their students make it back home.

“It's a process that we go through every year. We try to get down driver's license numbers on the vehicles so that we can turn those in. So we can at least talk to people about this is a very dangerous situation,” he said.

Drivers should always slow down near a school bus and watch carefully for its yellow and red lights.

Parents can keep their kids safe by walking them to the bus stop and teaching them to wait until the bus stops completely before getting off.

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