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Some drivers are not stopping for area school buses

By Scott Kimbler Reporter
Several weeks into the school year, there is still some confusion as to what you need to do when you come across a school bus with its stop sign out.
 
Gwinnett Police Corporal Michelle Pihera said buses give plenty of warning.
 
"Amber lights are used to signal to drivers that the bus is preparing to stop," Pihera said. "Drivers must stop when the red lights are flashing and the bus' stop sign is extended." 
 
She adds the only time a driver can proceed past a stopped school that has its sign extended is when the bus is on the opposite side of a road that is divided by a median.
 
"If there is a raised cement median, grass or other barrier separating the lanes [a vehicle on the opposite side can proceed]," Pihera added. "Only those traveling the same direction as the bus are required to stop."

In Gainesville, police have written six school bus related citations in the few weeks since school started.  Many school buses are now equipped with cameras to catch license plate numbers of those who violate the law. 
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