Posted Date: 10/24/2017
State Troopers join forces to keep Beeville kids safe
October 24, 2017 • Beeville, Texas
Riding a school bus is one of the safest transportation methods for children. At Beeville ISD, student safety, as well as the safety of the community, is the highest priority for their Transportation Department. According to statistics, illegal passing of school buses is a national problem. Surveys have shown that there is a widespread disregard for the law. When a school bus stops to pick up or drop off children, the driver switches on red flashing lights and makes a stop sign extend out from the side of the bus.
“If a school bus has its stop sign extended and its red lights flashing, then traffic in both directions must stop” explained Transportation Director Al Alvarado. “It is imperative for everyone to be aware of school bus safety rules and to follow those rules” he added.
Ensuring the safety of students as they enter and exit school buses is essential. Two State Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, recently spent the day with Beeville ISD bus driver Kenneth Seals, with the goal of increasing student safety even more. Troopers Jacob Gonzales and Javier Veliz joined forces with Seals to address the importance of school bus safety. Ensuring the safety of students as they entered and exited the bus, one Trooper rode along. The other Trooper followed closely behind, ensuring that motorists were alert, attentive, and observant.
“Motorists who travel the same road every day sometimes drive on autopilot, or get distracted by cell phones and other devices” explained Alvarado. “This combined effort by Beeville ISD and the Texas Department of Public Safety helps increase awareness and improve student welfare.”
Throughout the year, Beeville ISD bus drivers receive updated training to ensure that students and the community remain safe. Students receive lessons in bus safety at the beginning of each year with ongoing reminders to stay focused. Everyone needs to be aware of school bus safety rules. A combined effort is the best way to ensure children make it home each and every day.
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