WISCONSIN (WKOW) — It’s Operation Safe Stop Week in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin State Patrol is partnering with the state’s School Bus Association to bring attention to the problem. They encourage drivers to follow school bus laws.
For example, when a school bus has red lights flashing that means students are getting on or off the bus. It helps for other drivers to obey the laws, but some school bus drivers say ultimately it’s up to them to keep their kids safe.
“A red light stop is one of the most dangerous parts of our job,” said driver Valerie Zintz. “It is when we are loading and unloading students and we try to educate as many people as we can about those red light procedures, first with our drivers as they take their CDL test.”
Transportation officials in Wisconsin say more than 450 vehicles illegally pass school buses every day.