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Drivers not stopping for stopped school buses

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Many parents are upset after recently witnessing several drivers speeding past stopped school busses while children are getting off. 

Parents aren't the only ones noticing the trend. Bus drivers say it's happening all too often.

Bus driver Anthony Meyer says he's had to resort to laying on the horn to make drivers aware of kids getting off the bus.

Meyer says it's not the first time he's had to honk at a driver.

"I don't know how you don't see a big yellow school bus that's 40 feet long with flashing lights," Meyer said.

The combination of drivers speeding by and simply not paying attention is putting children's life's at risk, Meyer added.

"The ones that I've had happen to me have been on their cell phones," Meyer said.

Quincy mom Mary Muehlenfeld has two kids at the Kroc Center Day Camp and says the lack of attention from drivers is scary.

"A lot of them that just pull around, ignore the stop sign on the bus completely," Muehlenfeld said.

And with kids sometimes being unpredictable, Muehlenfeld says you're taking a big risk by not obeying the law.

"You're dealing with a lot of different children, some with developmental delays," Muehlenfeld said. "They could accidentally run out in the street or something. So, it's a big concern."

That's why Meyer says it's important that kids are also paying attention, even though drivers may not be.

"If a student is crossing over, we try to teach the student to wait on the curb at least 10 feet in front of the bus and wait for our signal to cross," Meyer said.

If you get caught passing a school bus while the stop arm is out, it could cost you up to $150, with a 3 month suspension of your license.

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