Students across Central New York return to classes on Thursday, which means drivers should be on the lookout for school buses. YNN's Brad Vivacqua reminds us all to proceed with caution during pick up and drop off times.
NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's the time of year when drivers need to be more vigilant for school buses on the roadways.
Many students across the region head back to classes this week. Parents are encouraged to get their children to the bus stop about five minutes early. You should also be prepared for some delays during the first week of school as the bus drivers smooth out their routes.
According to the transportation director at East Syracuse-Minoa, drivers should slow down, and be ready to stop when you see a bus.
"Kids are excited and to make sure to drive cautiously around or behind a school bus, always follow their lights, if their red lights are on, never pass a school bus with their red lights on," explained Tom Gunn, East Syracuse-Minoa Transportation Director. "On top of, if you're driving through school zones, to monitor the speeds through the school zones."
In New York, the first time fine for illegally passing a stopped bus could cost you $400 and five points on your license.
School officials encourage parents to contact them if you have any concerns regarding bus stops or pickup times.