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By Lou Marzeles

School bus violations continue even after story


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CAN YOU TURN?: You're in the blue car coming up to an intersection-let's say High Street and Columbus; you're on High Street turning left onto Columbus. There's a school bus in the right lane of Columbus stopped with its red lights flashing and stop paddle out. Can you legally turn onto Columbus while the bus' lights are flashing?

A story in last week's Sentinel about troubles with drivers violating school bus stop laws generated much response, almost all of it supportive of the bus drivers.

And still some bus drivers report little change.

An anonymous email to The Sentinel on behalf of the bus drivers made a powerful appeal: "The drivers love these kids," it said. "They take their job and the safety of the students very seriously. They just want what's safe for the kids and what the law requires."

The main thing they want other drivers to know is to start slowing down as soon as they see the bus flash its yellow lights. That means the bus is about to stop. Too often a yellow traffic light is interpreted as, speed...

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