Chesterfield pushes bus safety and warns drivers ahead of back to school

Dozens of upcoming kindergartners and their parents got a chance to get a feel for what the first day of school will be like as they learned about bus safety both to and from school at Chesterfield North Courthouse Library Monday morning.

Chesterfield County Police and AAA teamed up to teach the kids how to stay safe when getting on, off, and while riding the bus.

“We’re really excited about it and looking forward to getting a dry run for what his school bus is going to be like,” said parent Shannon Patterson

“It is nerve racking but it makes me feel more comfortable to know that she’s ready,” said parent Jennifer Sommer.

“It is nerve racking but it makes me feel more comfortable to know that she’s ready.” — Jennifer Sommer

Chesterfield County police say Monday was also about raising awareness in the community, reminding drivers not to pass a bus that is stopped with flashing lights and its arm extended, and to look out for kids on the roads. Officials even say you may need to adjust the route you normally take to work come the first day of school.

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“We want to make sure that everybody leaves to go to work early the first day of school because traffic is going to be heavy and it’s going to be a different route sometimes that people may need to take,” said Mary Garber, Child Safety Coordinator with Chesterfield County Police.

Garber says while kids here may be learning safety skills, it will also be up to parents and drivers to help keep them safe.

“We want to make sure that motorists are aware, that parents are aware and students are aware,” said Traffic Safety Community Educator Haley Glynn.

For those breaking the laws, police will be out in full force, and violators could face stiff penalties and fines up to $250.

“Their desire is not for anyone to get a ticket that morning and start their day off that way but we have rules to keep everyone safe, you learn that from a small age and it goes on into adulthood,” said Garber.

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