By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Huron Township Police conducted a proactive school bus safety operation on Wednesday and Thursday.
The special detail included several plain clothed officers on multiple buses, unmarked police vehicles following multiple busses, and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders who illegally passed school busses.
High School, middle school, and elementary bus routes were targeted and enforced on both days.
The detail was organized and directed by Officer Vincent Price of the Huron Township Police Department Traffic Services Unit.
Throughout the two-day detail, one driver was observed passing a bus illegally and was cited.
“This is a safety issue for our students that we have seen end up in tragic results nationally. This proactive detail has been planned for some time now and our department will continue to find creative ways to keep our children safe,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.
“This is not the first time we have done this proactive detail and it certainly won’t be the last. We want our residents to know that just because you don’t see us, it doesn’t mean we aren’t there.”
Throughout the two-day proactive detail, Robbins said police developed the following tips from watching some potentially dangerous situations:
-Parents and kids should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the red lights to be engaged before approaching the bus.
-Many drivers were observed to stop for the yellow lights, but not all.
-Many kids began to cross the street while the yellow yield lights were flashing, which could cause them to get struck by a vehicle.
-Multiple bus stops on busy roads had elementary age children at the stop without an adult present. This was especially dangerous with icy road conditions and kids too close to the road.
-Multiple parents were observed at the stop with their hands full. This included cell phones, coffee, etc. This could make it difficult for a parent to pull their child to safety in the event of an emergency.
“I do think it is important for residents to know that the Huron School District has terrific school bus drivers who put the student’s safety first. The drivers did a fantastic job of taking necessary safety precautions to keep the kids safe. I thank them for the great work that they do,” Robbins said.