The Carroll County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Carroll County Public Schools and local law enforcement remind motorists that Monday, August 26th marks the first day of the 2013-14 school year. To promote student safety and community awareness, the Sheriff's Office will be conducting additional patrols as part of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention administered School Bus Safety Enforcement Program. At the start and close of each school day, deputies will be alert for drivers illegally passing school buses while concentrating on school bus stops, bus routes and traffic at local schools.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for 23 million students, nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. However, the greatest risk for these kids is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. During the past decade 130 students, nationwide, have been struck and killed waiting at the bus stop, or while boarding and walking away from the school bus.