Z.P.D warns drivers be alert around school buses
ZANESVILLE, Ohio – As school has started for a lot of children in the community, the Zanesville Police Department is asking drivers to be very cautious around school buses, school zones, and cross walks.
Zanesville Police Department Chief, Tony Coury said drivers need to put down their cellphones, pay attention and be responsible. Coury said children should always feel safe on the bus.
“We always want to make sure the kids are safe. We want everybody to go to school and have a good time but we need to make sure our drivers are paying attention, they are off their cellphones, they are doing what they are supposed to be doing by watching and slowing down when they see a school bus. We need to make sure that everyone understands when you come to a stopped school bus with its red lights on you need to stop, the law says you need to stop,” said Coury.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, if it is a two lane road, both lanes of traffic need to stop. If it’s a four or more lane road , traffic approaching from the opposite direction does not need to stop. However, Coury said traffic should still proceed with caution.
“You know slow down, leave for work a little bit earlier. If you constantly stuck behind a bus everyday, you might want to consider leaving 5 or 10 minutes earlier because they are normally right on time everyday to each stop. So, take your time, slow down, and pay attention when you see the school buses,” added Coury.
Coury said the buses are equipped with cameras, and if needed, they will review cases of drivers breaking the law.