A social media post by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office echoes a concern of Rochester schools - stop arm violations involving school buses.
According to Rochester Community Schools, there has been a recent increase in stop arm violations. Currently, this school year has averaged one per week.
The Fulton County Sheriff's Office advises the following:
• When approaching a school bus from any direction, which is stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways where there is no barrier or median separating lanes of traffic.
• Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier, such as cable barrier, concrete wall, or grassy median, are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus.
• Always be prepared to stop for a school bus and watch for children. Children are unpredictable. Not only is disregarding a school bus stop arm dangerous, it is a serious offense.
• Prepare for increased pedestrian traffic in the morning and afternoon hours, and be aware of children standing along the roadway at a bus stop.