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Not stopping for school buses common in Maryland

Many things could endanger students that are on their way to or from school. One is drivers acting recklessly on the roads during the school year. When a student is hurt by a driver's actions, skilled attorneys can assist their parents with the steps involved in pursuing fair compensation for their child.

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One driver action that can have a particularly high likelihood of putting kids in harm's way during the school year is disobeying state laws regarding stopping for school buses that have their stop arms out and their flashers on. Unfortunately, it appears such behavior may be alarmingly common here in Maryland.

In a survey, around three-fourths of the school bus drivers in the state were asked about what things they encountered out on the roads on a certain day last spring. The bus drivers reported encountering over 4,300 instances of drivers failing to stop for buses on that one day. Given this, one could only imagine how massive the number of such violations is for a school year as a whole.

The survey also points to such violations trending upward in the state. The violation totals reported in this survey were 50 percent higher than those from a similar survey from the previous year.

Why do you think disobeying rules related to stopping for school buses is so common in the state?

The state has been taking actions aimed an upping enforcement of these rules. One wonders if such efforts will help with getting drivers to act more safely around school buses.

Source: Fox 45, "Many Md. drivers failing to stop for school buses, survey finds," Ethan McLeod, Sept. 6, 2016

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