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How to Protect Your Kids at a School Bus Stop

10:20 AM, Nov 02, 2018

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Gabriel Castaneda, Olivia Frain

Tuesday morning four kids were hit by a pickup truck while crossing the street. Three of them died and the fourth had to be airlifted to the hospital in critical condition, say Indiana State Police.

The driver of the pickup has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of passing a school bus when the arm signal device is extended causing bodily injury.

How to Keep Children Safe at the School Bus Stop

According to investigators, the driver claims she didn't recognize the big yellow bus with its flashing lights.

Even though this tragic accident happened thousands of miles away, we wanted to know what happens if a driver doesn't stop when a school bus is picking up kids.

Florida Highway Patrol said that in the state of Florida if you pass a stopped school bus with the stop arm extended out, it is a moving violation. The fine is $165 and three points are added to your driving record.

If you pass a stopped school bus and cause an injury or death, Lt. Greg Bueno said, "that person is going to get a mandatory court date and that’s going to be processed through our judicial system and the penalty will be up to the judge.”

If you have children that ride a school bus, there are some things you can do to keep them safe at the school or while boarding a school bus. Make sure the kids are visible and if possible have reflective clothing on.

You also want to make sure kids never sit on a curb or in the road because you are increasing the probability that someone may not see them.

“If you are going to cross the road, even when you are boarding the school bus, look left, look right, look left so you can ensure that the vehicle that isn’t paying attention isn’t passing the school bus and subsequently putting everyone in danger,” Lt. Bueno said.

Drivers also share some responsibility. If you're driving make sure you're focused on the road and your surroundings. Always stop when a school bus turns on its flashing lights.

The only time traffic does not need to stop is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic.

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