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Zero Fatalities School Year for Children safety event held for students

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Zero Fatalities School Year for Children safety event held for students

By Elizabeth Gadley. CREATED Aug 22, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The first day of school is fun and exciting but it can also be dangerous. That's why authorities from NHP, RTC and the Clark County School District have joined forces to educate the public.

As part of "Zero Fatalities School Year for Children," they held a bus safety event on Friday.

"We just want to make sure that everyone is reminded that they want to stay safe especially around school buses," said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson.

It's not just the kids who walk to school who need to watch for cars, students who ride the bus also need to be alert and cautious.

One big problem is not all drivers pay attention to the stop arm on school buses.

"When you see a yellow bus flash its yellow lights, it's getting ready to stop. So that doesn't mean a yellow light on a traffic light, it doesn't mean punch it," said Diana Hollander, Program Officer for Pupil Transportation.

Trooper Hixson said not all drivers know the rules and that's one of the reasons they hold these events.

"There's always been that confusion that if I'm on the opposite side of the road going in the opposite direction, am I required to stop if there is no physical barrier, no median then yes," explained Hixson. "If there is a physical barrier then by law they are not required."

Authorities also want to remind parents, talk to your kids about pedestrian safety rules and how to handle themselves when they get on and off buses.