School buses back on the roadways for school year

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This week, students in Pearl River County will embark on their newest adventure, the 2016-2017 school year. 

With that in mind, we would like to remind motorists to be aware of the extra traffic on the roadways, especially in school zones. 

It’s important that motorists obey all speed limits near school zones and use caution when driving past a school bus stop. If need be, plan to leave home a bit earlier to avoid being late for work or an appointment due to traffic.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

This year, an amendment to Nathan’s Law went into effect, which means motorists driving on a four-lane road in the opposite direction of a bus no longer have to stop. 

However, those traveling near a bus on a two-lane roadway must still stop for the bus, regardless of the direction.

When a bus’s red light is flashing and the stop sign is extended, motorists must stop and wait for the bus’s passenger to get on or off. 

The Item would also like to remind students about the importance of listening to their bus drivers, obeying their directions and exhibiting appropriate behavior while riding on the bus. This also applies to waiting at bus stops. 

There are also many students who walk to school. We ask that motorists be aware of this fact and stay alert. 

With that being said, the Item would like to wish students and teachers a happy start to the new school year. 

We are looking forward to covering all the scholastic achievements in this county. 

The new school year also brings almost everyone’s favorite pastime, Friday night football games. 

We are sure this year’s series of “Friday Night Lights” will be well-attended and make for an exciting football season. 

As another school year begins, we should all keep our students, parents, administrators and teachers in our thoughts.