School's back: 9OYS road safety - WNCT

School's back: 9OYS road safety

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More than 1.5 million kids went back to school today across the state but they're not the only ones who need to study up.

After 4 students died crossing the road to get to their bus last year, the Highway Patrol wants you up-to-speed on the laws.

7-year-old Janell Simmons never made it to her first grade classroom on August 12, 2012. A truck hit the Edgecombe County elementary school student as she was crossing Highway 43. Her grandfather watched in horror.

"I just can't put it into watch my baby mangled like that," Danny Simmons said.

Janell is just one of more than 2,000 pedestrians injured or killed by a car last year. 80 percent of crashes are caused by distracted driving.

Highway patrol trooper Doug Coley says drivers need to be on alert, especially now that school is back in session.

"We want to make sure that people know that in the early morning hours when they're commuting to work, especially on the back roads, if there are blind curves or they are coming up on populated areas there is a good chance that a school bus may be stopping," said Coley.

Keep an eye out for those flashing lights. As long as it's not a divided highway, traffic in both directions always has to stop for a school bus.

If you pass the bus it could cost you at least 5 points on your driver's license.

Keep an eye out for pedestrians and slow down. There is a $250 fine for speeding in a school zone.

Drivers aren't the only ones who need to be aware of the laws. Troopers say it's a good idea to remind your kids to use crosswalks, be aware of traffic in both directions, and stay off their phones.

For more information about the school bus laws in our state visit:

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