Submitted Law enforcement representatives gathered at the Macon County Schools’ school bus garage last Wednesday morning to emphasize school bus safety. Pictured are: (from left) Tracy Donoho, Tennessee Highway Patrol; Rick Taylor, Macon County Schools Transportation Supervisor; Joey Wilburn, Macon County Sheriff’s Department; and Jason Sells, Lafayette Police Department.

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Law enforcement representatives gathered at the Macon County Schools’ school bus garage last Wednesday morning to emphasize school bus safety. Pictured are: (from left) Tracy Donoho, Tennessee Highway Patrol; Rick Taylor, Macon County Schools Transportation Supervisor; Joey Wilburn, Macon County Sheriff’s Department; and Jason Sells, Lafayette Police Department.

Area law enforcement representatives gathered at the Macon County Schools' school bus garage last Wednesday morning to emphasize school bus safety as school in the county has restarted.

"We just want everybody to be aware and cautious of the buses and be aware of the kids crossing the street," Macon County Schools Transportation Supervisor Rick Taylor said.

When a school bus stops on a two-lane roadway, all traffic from both directions must stop. When a school bus stops on a two-lane roadway with a center, turning lane, all traffic from both directions must stop.

When a school bus stops on a four-lane roadway without a median separation, all traffic from both directions must stop.

When a school bus stops on a divided highway of four or more lanes with a median separation, only the traffic on the side of the road that the bus is on must stop. Traffic moving from the opposite direction can continue traveling when the bus stops.

Drivers of vehicles that don't stop appropriately when a school bus stops can be charged with a Class C or a Class A misdemeanor, with a Class A misdemeanor resulting in a fine of between $250 and $1,000.

Students are encouraged to arrive at the bus stop early, remain at least six feet away from the curb or roadway while waiting for the bus, walk on crosswalks and sidewalks while obeying traffic controls, minimize how many times they have to cross the street and to familiarize themselves with the route to the bus stop.

Parents of students riding buses can give feedback to bus drivers in regard to roads with low traffic and spots that offer maximum visibility, and drivers are urged to exercise additional caution during school hours.