Drivers Repeatedly Ignore Bus Stop Signs

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 19:25:50-04

Ed Diefenbach is a school bus driver, who has spent 17 school years on the road with the Wilson County school district and each year, he's confronted with the same problem: drivers completely ignoring his school bus stop sign.

"It really bothers us, it scares us more than anything when a car runs our stop light," he said while out driving a bus recently.

Just stop, that's all he wants drivers to do.

"Please pay attention to our buses, people want to rush around us," he said.

It has gotten so bad he now trains his kids not to cross, unless he gives them a thumbs up.

"People don't comprehend the danger," Ed added.

Sometimes though it's confusing, on a four lane highway with a median, cars on the opposite side of the median from a bus with its sign out aren't required to stop. But if there is asphalt straight across the road, then drivers in all lanes must stop for a bus with its sign extended.

"If you don't know what to do just stop so kids can get across safely," said Lt. Tyler Chandler with the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

A lesson in life safety, where the stakes couldn't be any higher.