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Teen fatality at bus stop is lesson for bus stop safety

from Kinston Free Press

The flashing amber lights on a school bus are somewhat similar to a yellow traffic light. While it’s not required to stop at the sign of the lights, it’s probably a good idea to proceed with caution because the blinking indicates children are near — less than 300 feet away. Recently, in Wake County, N.C., school bus driver Gloria Smith had on only the amber signals when a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix struck 14-year-old Maria Fernandez Jimenez and ended the teen's life. "Parents need to stress to (their children) to not cross the road before the bus completely stops, the red lights are activated and all traffic has stopped," said Cindy Bruner, local Transportation Information Manual System coordinator. "Just because the lights are red doesn't mean traffic will stop." more

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