Macon County students will be putting on their backpacks on Monday to head off to the first day of the 2015-16 school year. After a couple of months break, the North Carolina Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to be cautious of children getting on and off the school bus and make sure citizens allow for the change in traffic.
In North Carolina, more than 14,000 school buses travel our highways daily transporting children to and from school. Most motorists that meet school buses on the state’s highways actually stop as required by North Carolina law. However some do not. The results can be tragic. Since 1999, 13 children in North Carolina have been struck and killed while loading and/or unloading from a stopped school bus. School buses are easy to spot. They typically are painted yellow with the words “School Bus” printed in large type on their front and rear as well as being equipped with alternately flashing red lights on the front and rear. Yet despite these distinguishable traits, motorists still fail to properly stop.