School bus companies facing driver shortage in Pennsylvania

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Barr-Reeve's School Resource Officer Mark Bledsoe said drivers around the schools should take note of the new 35 miles per hour school zone signage on CR 100N.

Parents: When dropping your children off at school or the bus stop, be aware of where you stop and where your child exits the vehicle.

Boydo said the most important feature on a school bus is the driver. Thousands of youngsters across the region will be up bright and early each morning waiting to catch their school bus.

That's why as a new academic year is beginning, school district officials are making a concentrated effort to remind drivers to be cautious around buses.

Less than three weeks from the first day of school, NBC 5 Investigates has learned the agency is short hundreds of drivers.

"Please follow the posted speed limits", Bledsoe said adding during the first day of school on Tuesday, he flashed his lights a few times as a warning.

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Before crossing the street wait until the driver's face can be seen. The results are frightening to say the least.

It's back to school which means more school buses will be out on the roads.

"This survey captured only a fraction of the violations that bus drivers and traffic officers know all too well are occurring each and every day at an alarming rate throughout the United States". Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, bus stops, playgrounds and parks. Many motorists are confused when they are required to stop.

Bus operators themselves appreciate the frustration of constant stops and starts when they have places to go, people to see.

The common rule among school bus drivers is simple but worth overstating - respect the bus. "But if it was your kids on that bus you'd want them to be safe".

Applicants must also pass a drug test and physical, criminal history checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police, and a child abuse history check.

There are now more than 16,000 school buses on the road in IN, and according to statistics, as the number of school buses increase, so does the number of school bus stop-arm violations. Multi-lane roads with no barriers between the lanes, like some portions of SR 57S, all motorists must stop when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.

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