Detail Will Promote School Bus Safety
School is back in session in Collier County and deputies will conduct a detail Wednesday to remind motorists of the law when following behind a school bus.
Operation “Yellow” Bus will kick off early Wednesday morning with five different bus routes throughout the county. Safety & Traffic Enforcement Bureau deputies from our Motorcycle Unit will follow those five buses while they make their rounds, picking up students.
Deputies will pull over anyone who drives past a parked bus which has its stop bar engaged and its red lights flashing as it picks up a student.
“Generally every year we get complaints either from the school board or from parents at school bus stops,” said Sgt. Terence Smith of STEB.
Sgt. Smith said the most common complaint the Sheriff’s Office receives regarding school buses is for drivers who are passing the vehicles while stopped.
Florida law requires motorists to stop upon approaching any school bus displaying its flashing red lights. The only exception is when a vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus and traveling on a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet or when traveling on a divided highway with a raised median or a physical barrier.
“We wanted to get out there before we get a complaint,” Sgt. Smith said.
Wednesday’s bus routes include the following schools:
* Poinciana Elementary and East Naples Middle
* Pelican Marsh Elementary and Pine Ridge Middle
* Veterans Memorial Elementary and North Naples Middle
* Vineyards Elementary and Oakridge Middle
* Shadow Lawn Elementary and Gulf View Middle