Officials remind drivers caution around school buses

School buses hit the street for fall semester.

With the fall school semester right around the corner, Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging drivers to follow school buses.

Officials said motorists should remain 10 feet back from buses flashing red lights and with an extended stop arm.

From 2010 to 2012, about 4,000 motorists received tickets for not stopping for a school bus when students were getting on or off the bus.

Patrol superintendent, Colonel Paul Pride said its a requirement. â??Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers, children should rely on them to do so.â??

Pride urges children exiting the bus to stop and look both ways before crossing the street and remain alert to any sudden traffic changes.

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