School bus drivers receiving DPS training

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 5:04pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 7:55am

Car wrecks happen all the time. Add a busload of children to the mix and things can take a turn for the worst.

That's why the Texas Department of Public Safety is taking time before school starts to train bus drivers and refresh their memories about some important safety tips for the road:

"One of the things that we want the motorists to know and understand is that school is gonna be back in session soon, and the school buses are gonna be out there interacting with the traffic," said TxDPS trooper Isaac Juarez.

Corporal Juarez covered everything from how to deal with bullies, the importance of seatbelts, distracted driving and the significance of obeying simple traffic laws.

Whenever drivers approach a school bus, they should be extra cautious and pay particular attention to the red and yellow lights.

"When you see those yellow lights come on, that is a clear indicator that the school bus is about to either load or unload, and once you see those red lights flashing, you need to stop," said Cpl. Juarez. "Your car needs to come to a complete stop. And we all know the dangers involved if you to fail to stop for a school bus."

And that's why school districts like Los Fresnos CISD have upgraded the lights for their buses.

"School buses now are coming equipped with LED lights, which are also very very bright themselves," said Cpl. Juarez. "So I think you know, for the most part, the school districts are trying to make sure that their school buses are visible when they're loading and unloading."

And while school bus drivers are some of the safest drivers around, the goal is to encourage all motorists to take better precaution.

"Worst case scenario, tragedy will occur," said Cpl. Juarez. "And that's what we're trying to prevent."


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