Motorists Urged To Use Caution With School Back In Session

August 25, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With schools across the state scheduled to open Thursday, August 26, the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) would like to remind motorists to exercise extra caution.  

“We ask motorists to be extremely cautious and to be aware that buses will be loading and unloading students,” said WVDE Assistant Superintendent Jack McClanahan. “School buses transport West Virginia’s most precious cargo – our children.”  

West Virginia state law requires motorists to stop when buses are loading and unloading students.  

“Statistics compiled by the Kansas Department of Education indicate that most injuries and fatalities occur at the bus stop,” said McClanahan. “Children should be taught to stay clear of the roadways and to use caution while waiting at the bus stop. Ultimately though, it is our responsibility as parents, students, bus operators, motorists and school administrators to provide a safe ride for our children.”  

For more information about school transportation, contact the Office of School of Transportation at (304) 558-2711.

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