Arkansas School Bus Drivers to Receive Forms to Report Motorists

OCTOBER 26, 2004 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state is taking action to prosecute more people who drive by school buses.

School bus drivers will soon have a standardized form that will let them log when motorists pass stopped buses so the information can be given to local prosecutors.

The plan was presented at an informal meeting of state legislators, police and education officials who gathered yesterday to discuss school bus safety.  The meeting was prompted by last month's death of a nine-year-old Benton boy who was struck by a passing motorist as he exited a school bus.

A state Department of Education survey reported that 858 motorists drove by stopped school buses in a single day.  The survey included questionnaires returned by 114 of the state's 254 public school districts.

Bus drivers will log license plate numbers, makes and models of vehicles, and times, dates and locations of incidents.

They would give that information to local prosecutors who could bring charges against motorists.

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