"Stop for the Bus" tackles bus safety

"Stop for the Bus" tackles bus safety

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Tulsa Public Schools drivers, leaders of the American Federation of Teachers, and Tulsa community leaders join for a meeting Tuesday
  • They plan to launch "Stop for a Bus- Our kids are worth the wait" campaign
  • The campaign reminds driver they are legally required to stop when a bus flashes red lights or has its stop sign extended
  • FOX23 will stream their announcement live on Facebook at 8:30 a.m. from the bus barn near Pine and Memorial

Tulsa community members want drivers to prioritize safety around school buses.

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Tulsa Public Schools drivers, leaders with the American Federation of Teachers, Mayor GT Bynum and others came together to announce the "Stop for the Bus campaign.

The campaign shares this reminder: Oklahoma law requires drivers to stop when they approach a bus with flashing red lights or an extended stop sign. They do not have to stop for a school bus if it is on a different roadway or if the bus is stopped in a loading zone by a controlled-access highway where pedestrians are not allowed to cross. 

The groups say infractions of these laws became a national problem, with more than 75,000 vehicles per day passing school buses illegally.

“Everyone is in such a hurry to get to where they’re going, but patience behind the wheel has its rewards,” said Lorretta Johnson, AFT secretary-treasurer. “A very brief wait while kids step on and off the bus won’t cause much of a delay but will save lives.”
She was in Tulsa as part of the AFT’s national back-to-school tour.
“We want all our kids to get to and from school without incident. Everyone has a role to play to make that happen, including drivers. Kids could be running to the bus stop or walking in front of the bus. As the slogan goes, stop for the bus—it’s worth the wait,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum.
In Tulsa, the 200 school bus drivers traverse 146 daily routes.

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