Be Aware. U Stay Alert. So Kids Don't Get Hurt.

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Be Aware. U Stay Alert. So Kids Don't Get Hurt.

j0439475-300x200August 17, 2014–Little Rock–It's back to school week in Arkansas! The Arkansas School Boards Association urges all citizens to be mindful of student safety in and around school buses.B.U.S. (Be aware. U stay alert. So kids don’t get hurt) Awareness is the theme for this year’s school bus safety campaign sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education in conjunction with the Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation and concerned parents, educators and citizens across the state. This special effort seeks to remind motorists to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. The campaign seeks to remind motorists that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing and students are getting on or off the bus. In Arkansas, a fleet of more than 6,000 school buses transport over a quarter of a million students to and from school and school-related activities each school day. The fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were dramatically increased by Arkansas Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law. The legislation was named for Isaac Brian, an elementary student in the Bryant School District who was struck and killed when a driver illegally passed his school bus while students were unloading.