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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school busses are the safest way to transport children across the country to school.  The agency estimates that there are 450,000 school busses around the country helping children get to and from school each day.

Although school bus procedures and designs are created to help promote safety, there's still a lot of misunderstanding about the severity of school bus stop violations. Although some individuals believe these are minor offenses, they can be taken very seriously as criminal charges in Illinois.

The majority of children killed in between school and home are not injured or killed inside the bus. The area around the bus where children board and exit is known as the death zone because of the high risk faced by children.

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Students have been back to school for a few months now, but sometimes it is difficult for drivers to remember that it is illegal to pass school buses in certain situations. The Illinois State Police are making efforts to remind drivers that penalties are associated with these behaviors and that police have been instructed to keep an eye out for violators. If you have been pulled over and charged with illegally passing a school bus, you should hire a criminal attorney to represent you as soon as possible.

The Illinois State Police have launched their Drive Home School Safety Zone messages across the state after numerous school bus drivers reported drivers violating the laws on a regular basis. Local police officers partnered with state law enforcement to patrol school areas during arrival and departure times to monitor activity and catch possible offenders.

If a school bus has stopped to load or unload children, drivers will know to stop because the stop signal arm at the side of the bus will be extended. It is illegal for drivers to pass a school bus during these times if they are headed in the same direction as the bus.

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