On Wednesday, Buncombe County and other counties across North Carolina participated in Stop Arm Violation Count Day. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, bus drivers were asked to pay special attention to any drivers illegally passing school buses while their stop arms were extended. Although it seems obvious, drivers should not be passing stopped school buses where children are loading and unloading. Buncombe County alone averages about 70 violations every day.
Since 1999, drivers illegally passing stopped school buses have killed 14 students in North Carolina. Thankfully, many buses are now outfitted with cameras that could lead to improved enforcement of illegal passing.