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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sheriff Sounds “Cautionary Alarm” for Bus Safety
Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer 970-729-2028
December 14, 2018 -- (San Miguel County, CO) – San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters is sounding a cautionary alarm for motorists with regard to school bus safety.
Deputies have been patrolling school bus routes after receiving numerous reports from parents, bus drivers and their supervisors regarding careless driving around school buses and their concern for student safety.
Deputies have reported disturbing and dangerous driving practices around school buses including passing a stopped bus while children are loading. In just the last few days, four summons to appear in court have been issued to motorists violating statute 42-4-1903 which outlines school bus safety laws.
Sheriff Masters said especially in light of recent school bus related fatalities in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, it’s time to call attention to important safety practices. “We will not wait for a tragedy to hit our community for us get focused on the safety of our children riding the school bus.”
Many motorists may not know that a vehicle is supposed to stop 20 feet from the back or front of the bus, and more importantly not to drive within 20 feet of the bus.
Below are safety rules for motorists, parents and students from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Deputies will distribute this information to county HOAs and have asked Superintendent Mike Gass to distribute to parents of students.
Tips for Motorists:
Tips for caregivers and students:
The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, located in Telluride, Colorado and established in 1883, serves 7,800 residents and countless visitors across the 1,288 square miles of San Miguel County. Sheriff Bill Masters has been serving as the county’s elected Sheriff since 1980