School buses back on the road next week

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By Ivory Riner

Tribune intern

With the first day of school just a week from today, Marshall County Schools Transportation Foreman Chuck Brown wants to remind drivers to stop for school buses as they pick up and drop off students. There are 40 bus routes in Marshall County.

Brown says his biggest problem with drivers is their failure to stop for the bus stop sign when children are boarding or exiting the school bus. He thinks this is partially caused by drivers using their cell phones instead of giving full attention to the road. This problem is especially prevalent on West Commerce Street. Brown says drivers in all four lanes MUST stop for the bus stop sign and are NOT allowed to pass the bus.

A driver can pass a bus while it is stopped at train tracks. A driver can pass a bus when its four-way emergency flashers are blinking, but not when the lights at the top of the bus are flashing.

Another problem he and his staff encounter is that drivers are pulling too far ahead of the white line at stop signs, which doesn't give