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Georgia's First Lady stresses safety as buses return to the roads for school

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In Georgia, a push to protect school buses and the students who ride them.

Georgia's First Lady shared the message Tuesday afternoon in Statesboro.

Mrs. Sandra Deal's visit comes after a wreck last week between a car and a school bus. With school back in session, the First Lady hopes everyone will remember that school's back in session and school buses are back out of the road.

Mrs. Deal brought the message of bus safety, not only as the governor's wife but as a mother, grandmother and retired teacher.

A one-day count last year showed more than 7,000 cars illegally passed school buses across the state.  Mrs. Deal urged drivers to know the laws and stop for buses they're following but also the ones they mean, even on multi-lane highways. She said the red sign says it all: stop means stop.

“I've known students who had to wear body casts because someone came around and tried to pass their bus. That's something we don't want to happen,” said Mrs. Deal.

Georgia State Patrol's Captain Billy Hitchens said speeding or distracted drivers put students at risk and everyone on the road needs to be more aware of buses and their stops.

Georgia buses have gone two years without a fatality, and transportation leaders want that to extend to the third year and beyond.

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