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School Bus Safety Takes Front Seat

Posted April 15, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— There were extra pairs of eyes looking out the windows of school buses across North Carolina Tuesday, trying to spot problems before someone's child gets killed.

The riders were school officials and the reason they rode was to promote school safety and get an idea of how many drivers pass school buses illegally.

As it turned out, there were many who simply kept going when the buses were stopped with their stop-signs standing out.

It's not as if the rules were difficult. The law states, if the bus is stopped and has warning lights on, do not pass.

North Carolina School Transportation Director Wyatt Harper says the possible result of disobeying this law is a major tragedy.

Bus drivers say catching the illegal drivers is particularly difficult because the drivers are too busy concentrating on driving and watching the children to take down license numbers.