School bus safety is a critical issue for Arkansas schools and families. During a special 3-week public awareness campaign, educators and community leaders across the state will actively work to remind students, parents and the community about the importance of school bus safety and related issues.

School bus safety is a critical issue for Arkansas schools and families. During a special 3-week public awareness campaign, educators and community leaders across the state will actively work to remind students, parents and the community about the importance of school bus safety and related issues.

 

“Flashing Red. Kids Ahead”is the theme for the Arkansas Department of Education’s annual school bus safety campaign, which began August 10 and will conclude August 28. Schools and safety advocates throughout the Natural State will be using the three weeks as an opportunity to remind Arkansas motorists to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. Drivers will also be reminded that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing and students are getting on or off a bus.

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-51-1004, also known as Isaac’s Law, increased the fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus dramatically. The legislation passed by the Arkansas General Assembly in 2005 was named for Isaac Brian, an elementary school student in the Bryant School District who was struck and killed when a driver illegally passed his school bus while students were getting off the bus.

In Arkansas, a fleet of nearly 6,000 school buses transports more than a quarter of a million students to and from school and school-related activities each school day.

For more information about the “Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.” campaign, please visit the ADE website, www.arkansased.gov.