Caution urged for drivers as Fauquier students return to school
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Even if your school years are behind you, it's still your responsibility to look out for school children and buses.
School started for Fauquier County students today. The county's fire and rescue workers urge drivers to be careful on roads now occupied by school buses and sidewalks dotted with youngsters toting backpacks.
“In support of [Fauquier County Public Schools'] efforts to keep our children safe at school, we urge citizens to be reminded that up to 11,000 children will be waiting at bus stops, walking to school, and boarding and exiting school buses,” said Fire Rescue Chief Thomas Billington. “It is our duty as Fauquier County citizens to do our due diligence and be aware of these young citizens that will be out and about, and play our part in keeping them safe by using caution on the roads.”
Drivers should watch for buses stopping along highways, children crossing roads in neighborhoods and for a generally heavier morning and afternoon commuter volume on roads throughout the County beginning on Monday, Billington said.
Lt. James Hartman, spokesman for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, reminded drivers to stop when a bus's lights flash red and its stop sign extends. Public safety workers agree that children are at most risk when they are boarding or leaving a bus.
"Use extra caution," Hartman said. "Be careful of kids walking home."
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