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Drivers must obey traffic laws around school buses

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Please remember to obey the law near school buses. (Photo: MGN Online) Please remember to obey the law near school buses. (Photo: MGN Online)
MADISON COUNTY (WAFF) -

Hundreds of buses took kids to school across the Tennessee Valley on Monday morning.

In the Madison County school district alone, two hundred school buses will be on the road everyday taking kids to and from school. After summer, drivers need to be aware of a few safety concerns as school buses take to the road again.

On a two-lane road or a four-lane road with no median, traffic from both directions must stop. If it's a four-lane road with a median, only the traffic following the school bus has to stop.

The Alabama State Department of Education sent WAFF 48 News a video of what can happen when someone doesn't pay attention to the law. A student gets off the bus, and the car, which is supposed to stop, almost hits the child. The main message: Be aware of school buses and their flashing lights.

Dan Evans, Director of Operations and Auxiliary Services, said "The first thing to remember as a driver is that could be your child on the bus, so treat it like it's your child or your grandchild."

Drivers should be aware of their surroundings on the road at all time, but especially around school buses.

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