State cracks down on drivers who pass school buses

CHARLESTON (AP) — State troopers will be riding along with some students across West Virginia this week as government agencies try to crack down on the estimated 600 motorists a year who illegally pass stopped school buses.

State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple says failure to stop is putting children at risk of injury about 120,000 times each school year.

The Department of Education is working with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the Department of Transportation and other groups to educate the public about the problem.

Troopers will be riding buses on various routes through Friday. And members of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association will post public service announcements at their stores.

West Virginia school buses travel more than 41 million miles each year, transporting about 230,000 students each day.

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