School buses roll as new NC academic year starts

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 2:33 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It's the first day of a new school year for most of North Carolina's 1.5 million public school students. 

Troopers want to use the start of the traditional academic year on Monday to give a reminder to motorists that the law requires drivers to stop and stay in place when a school bus has its stop sign and flashing red lights engaged.  

Statistics show that too many motorists disobey the law. A statewide count by school bus drivers on one day last March reported that 3,300 vehicles illegally passed their stopped bus.  

Twelve students have been killed boarding or leaving a school bus since 1999. Four of those deaths were last year.
 

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