To promote school bus safety, the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation launch the fifth annual school bus safety campaign: Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.
While the three-week campaign began this week and concludes August 25, school bus safety is important year-round. This school year more than 7,000 school buses will transport approximately 350,000 Arkansas students to and from school and school-related activities.
Motorists are reminded that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing, as students are present. On April 26, 2016, school bus drivers in 100 Arkansas school districts reported 706 instances of motorists illegally passing a school bus. Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law, increased the fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus.