School bus safety gap closed
VAIL, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - If you see a school bus with warning lights on dropping off kids you'd stop, right? A gap in Arizona law says you did not have to in some places. But now that's changing.
Most people know if a bus stops, turns on its lights, and swings out that stop sign, you stop or risk a ticket.
But districts like Vail have a big share of students in rural areas.
That puts Vail buses on private roads; and a gap in state law used to say, if a bus is on a private road or parking lot, drivers don't have to stop.
That's a shock to drivers like Kristi Snyder. "That is very surprising yeah and its scary especially with our kids around there."
The memory of a little girl names Elizabeth in behind this law. She was from Safford. Five years ago she was getting out of a bus on a private road, in a mobile home park. A truck hit and killed her.
Vail's transportation director John Nunes says his bus drivers see regular drivers passing buses several times a week.
"We've seen people going 35, 40 miles an hour going down a dirt road while we're trying to pick up students."
Vail buses always turned on their warnings on private roads now there's a law that puts some teeth and some tickets behind those lights. Even on a private road or a parking lot, when a bus says stop, it means stop.