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Ohio State Highway Patrol promotes school bus safety

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is promoting school bus safety during the month of August.

School starts at the end of the month, as thousands of children begin and end their days riding a school bus. 

The State Patrol says that school buses are required to be inspected twice a year to make sure the buses are safe to transport children to and from school.

According to reports, from 2014 to 2016, about 4,000 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off kids.

As school buses make their way back on the roads, Patrol has a few reminders for drivers.

Drivers are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when the flashing lights are on. Drivers must also remain stopped until the bus starts moving. 

"Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility. Motorists should always exercise caution while children are exiting and boarding a bus," said Lt. Jerad Sutton, commander of the Canfield Post.

The Patrol is reminding motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for the school bus stops.

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