Tomorrow is the first day of school in the Christian County Public School System and motorists are reminded to use extra caution during their morning commute.
It’s easy to get out of the routine of slowing down in school zones and being on the lookout for buses during the summer, but police say it’s time to use extra caution.
Specifically, Kentucky State Trooper Michael Webb says drivers need to focus their complete attention on the road and not a cell phone.
Trooper Webb says motorists should keep in mind laws regarding school buses and to never disregard the “stop” signal they display when loading and unloading students.
There were 1,600 crashes involving school buses in Kentucky last year, resulting in over 500 injuries and five deaths. One of those fatal wrecks happened last August in Todd County, when 45-year old Dale Cherry of Bowling Green was killed after the driver of the pickup he was in attempted to pass a bus and hit a tree on U.S. 79 north of Guthrie. No students were injured in that incident, though the truck did sideswipe the bus.