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Bus safety a chief priority for Harrison Hills City School District

Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 06:16 PM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio – The Harrison Hills City School District will welcome students back Monday. Crews worked all summer getting the buses ready and now officials are making sure drivers are remembering student safety.
"If you see big yellow out there, please stop for big yellow,” Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers said. “Please use caution. This is one of our busiest times of the year, getting back to school, getting all the drivers acclimated. The buses are back on the road transporting our youth."
He offered a few tips:
Remember to be safe and adhere to the speeds and red lights on the buses.
When the stop sign comes out and lights are flashing -- stop.
This year, deputies will board the school buses with students again, hoping to crack down on traffic violators.
"I encourage the drivers of the buses, if they have some problems on their buses with people passing, to get a hold of my resource officers at the schools," Myers said. “We will ride the route and make sure to take appropriate action as necessary of them passing the red lights when their stopped."
Myers says for passing a stopped school bus, you could face losing two points off your license and a fine of $165 and up.
Continuing with safety, all buses in the district are now equipped with four new updated cameras for the safety of the students and for the bus drivers.
"So if there would be any issues at all, we can review the tapes and see exactly what transpired," Harrison Hills City School District Superintendent Dana Snider said.
Not only has the district been preparing for school bus safety, it has the school buildings all set with security features.
"Our buildings are secure; they are all locked down; they're all fenced,” Snider said. “We have security systems in all of the buildings and we're also implementing a call system where if the student is absent a call, a text, and an email will be sent to the parents."

Bus safety a chief priority for Harrison Hills City School District

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