School bus safety

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Martha’s Vineyard School transportation supervisor James Flynn and bus drivers met with Island police chiefs on October 5 to discuss a significant increase in incidents where motorists have ignored the flashing red lights of a school bus stopped to discharge or admit students. Several serious near-accidents have heightened the concern of bus drivers, according to a press release.

Mr. Flynn told police that the new school buses, purchased in the spring of 2009, are equipped with a continuous loop of film that records motorist actions, that include ignoring school bus red-flashing stop lights.

The chiefs requested that copies of any incidents be sent to their respective offices, and promised prompt review of the tapes and follow-up with motorists seen to disobey the state-law regarding a stopped school bus.

This week is National School Bus Safety Week.