Kentucky State Police warn drivers to stop for school buses or face the consequences

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- David Dunaway has spent his fair share of time behind the wheel of a Hardin County school bus. Every time he fires up the engine, he knows the trust he's being given.

"It's a tremendous responsibility to watch over these kids," Dunaway said.

He also understands how ugly a bus stop can get.

"I had an incident where a child was barely grazed by a car that ran past me," Dunaway said.

His fellow drivers have alarming stories too. Last January, a 13-year-old girl was hit and hurt on Hill Street in Radcliff. Police say the driver of a Jeep ignored a bus' stop sign and flashing lights. The girl was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital.

"That case there, fortunately, ended on a good note," Dunaway said.

But that's not always the case.

"Getting on and off the bus, that statistically is when there's the most fatalities," Dunaway said.

The end of summer can bring out the most offenders, so Kentucky State Police is already warning drivers of the consequences.

"You can get up to 90 days ... in jail for the first offense," KSP Trooper Scotty Sharp said.

Fines between $100 and $200 are also on the table.

Dunaway, now the Safety Coordinator for Hardin County Schools, said the upcoming school year will bring a new requirement for drivers. They'll take a tally of every car that blows through a stop sign or crossing arm. The district will then turn that into the state.

"So that eventually maybe they can go to the legislature and petition for more money to get cameras on these stop arms," Dunaway said. "So that we can catch these folks and have a little bit of leverage."

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