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Back-to-School reminders for driving near school buses

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A school bus on its side. Nearly 50 middle school students taken to the hospital. It's the aftermath of a crash last fall in Louisville that left students afraid to ride their bus.

It's also just one of the many examples of how dangerous your child's ride to class can be.
"There have been other places all over the country where people's children have been killed," Danny Libs, Transportation Director of New Albany/Floyd County Schools, said.
He's gotten the call about an accident and injured students before.
"It's just very frightening," Libs said.
You only have to experience that once to understand how important it is to remind people how to act when driving around a school bus, especially when drivers haven't had to deal with them for months. That's the case in Southern Indiana. Some schools there are already two days into their year.
" When the yellow lights come on, that means we're getting ready to stop. When the red lights come on, just be sure not to even think about running the stop arm," Libs said.
Something you've heard a million times right? Well, apparently it's not exactly sinking in for some.
"I can't tell you how many times I've seen the bus actually have its stop sign out, but the person will just go around the bus anyway," Louisville resident , Yetunde Adeyinka-Deleon said.
That's the biggest issue, but there are others. Bus drivers often deal with people following too closely, and drivers who will stop at nothing to get around a bus and impending wait times.
"Don't speed when you see a bus. Don't speed up when you want to get around a bus," Libs explained.
If you're frustrated by constantly being stuck behind a school bus, it's understandable. At the same time, it might just take a tweak of your schedule to make life easier.
"We're almost perfectly on time every day. Maybe just set your schedule to know that we're going to be there at 7:05. So, maybe just set your schedule a little earlier or a little later," Libs said.
Not bad advice for a driver to follow, to avoid the kinds of messes we've already seen too many times before.
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