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Wilson Times (Newspaper) - March 28, 2015, Wilson, North Carolina Sato a Mth 2� 2015 Ishii Uttmi my safety collaboration continued from Page 1a Ridge. Since then a collaborative Effort has been under Way to catch Drivers who pass stopped school buses. A since we be started working together we be had nothing but too percent cooperation from everybody in Central office the school and where the rubber meets the Road with school bus Drivers Quot Finch said. Parents principals Public motorists and bus Drivers have been involved. Including reporting complaints to the schools. They get tag numbers and vehicle and Driver descriptions officials said. A we can to be everywhere All the time Quot Finch said. Troopers Are also working with Wilson county schools department of transportation to strategically place Stop Arm camera systems on buses. Finch said they Are also starting to place troopers on school buses to catch violators. Quot they Are not going to be on every bus every Day Quot Finch said. A that would be impossible to do. But we Are going to place them All along different Days and different times to ride with bus there Are 118 school buses that run in Wilson county. In addition to focusing on the Rock Ridge area. Finch and sch Ltd it a officials Are also working in other problematic areas throughout Wilson county where violations Are occurring. Reality sets in to Ltd it pers said children should t have to worry about getting injured getting on and Oft their sch Ltd l bus. A this should be one thing we eau a to grasp on Quot Finci said. Adding its vital Foi them and other officials to prevent any other children from experiencing what German and Areli went through on that october morning. A thank god there was t a death Finch said. Quot but it does t get much worse than that. That a Why we Are Here today to try and prevent this from happening again. People need to realize the consequences the Road to recovery Over the past several months has been difficult for German and his sister. Alter the children were hit German remained unresponsive for three Days. I in suffered head injuries a broken Pelvis shoulder and leg. Areli suffered broken Bones in her leg and nose and wore a Metal Brace to hold her foot and leg in place. The Story of their injuries devastated the Wilson Community and also prompted much support. Rock Ridge elementary principal Jennifer Lew is said the children have come a Long Way since the crash but the Gravity of what happened to her students that Day should be etched in the minds of Drivers she said a they just started Riding the bus two weeks ago Quot Jennifer Lewis said. Quot after our two kids got Hurt there was a huge awareness and then ill of sudden people Are doing it again and they Are just not thinking she said Drivers need to get tin message of How serious it can be when a Driver decides to pass a stopped school bus. Quot i done to think Tolks think anything is going to Hap pen Quot she said charges carry weight troopers said it they catch Drivers in the act or follow up on a Public complaint w Here evidence what to do if you see a violator a troopers say if you see someone pass a stopped school bus try and get a description of the Driver first Foi owed by the tag number and description of the vehicle. Officials said a lot of times the Driver is not always the registered owner of the vehicle. Officials said Contact your child a school or taxiway patrol immediately tiie the description is fresh on your mind. Folks can Call he or the Wilson Highway patrol office at 237-5294 troopers with follow up on complaints . School bus Stop Law a two Jane Roadway All traffic from both directions must Stop a two Jane Roadway with Center turning Tare All traffic from both directions must Stop a four Lane Roadway without a median separation All traffic from both directions must Stop a divided Highway of four lanes or More with a median separation Only traffic following the bus must Stop a Roadway with four lanes or More with a Center Titre no line Only traffic following the bus must Stop no div Points to a violation they wont be issuing any warning tickets. A a it a a violation where you Are going to get charged Quot said trooper Jason Edwards who has taken a Lead on investigating school bus Stop Ann violations in the Rin k Ridge area. And a Stop Arm violation those who Are charged and convicted of a Stop Arm violation gain five Points on their driving record. Edwards said its the Only charge other than aggressive driving that carries the amount of Points he added. Its also a class i Misdemeanour if a drivel is convicted. Of a Driver passes a stopped school bus and a serious injuries occur that charge Steps up to a class i felony officials said. And if it results in death the charged is bumped up to a class h felons. For several years now the state conducts a one Day Stop Arm violation count. School bus Drivers across the state report that More than 3,000 vehicles illegally passed their stopped buses on a single Day according to the department of Public instruction Wilson county had 34 Stop Arm violations for one Day in 2014. A Elf you Are in doubt Stop a Finch said a this is no situation to play around Edwards said in some of his cases violators have said the Stop Arm came Down about the time they passed the bus a ill you done to know that its getting ready to Stop. Reduce your Speed anticipating it to Stop a Edw Ards said. Tracking Down violators in recent months troopers have received eight Public complaints regard ing Stop Arm violations in the Rock Ridge area. Troopers weren table to follow up on four of those eight complaints because there Wasny to enough information Finch said. But three of those led to charges. The remaining complaint should Lead to a charges it pm officials said Quot that does no to seem like a whole lot but a school Stop Arm violation carries the highest Points penalty of Drivers License violation in North Carolina Quot Finch said. A so that is a big those specific complaints alone Are due to the Public getting information if there is not a trooper on the scene. A they have backed us and have done everything they could to help us make these charges Quot Finch said. A a we be had two occasions where Public motorists saw it and contacted the school. They Are willing to be in one Case Edwards said a Motorist Wasny table to get a tag number but they were Able to provide a Good description of the vehicle. He said the bus Driver kept an Eye out for that particular vehicle description and eventually did get a tag number. Edwards said he went to Rock Ridge elementary and got the information and conducted an investigation. A few hours later. Edwards said. He had tracked Down the Driver who admitted that she did pass a stopped school bus. School bus cameras since 2013, state legislators have allotted Money for school buses in every so hex l District to at least be equipped with two Stop Arm camera systems As of March 2014. Figures show out of the 13.303 school buses statewide. 4h2 Are now equipped. Wilson county schools currently has four Stop Arm camera systems Jim Lewis director of transportation for Wilson county sch x is. Said the camera systems Are portable. A we can move them from bus to bus or where they Are needed he Aid w Hile the state has provided funding for Wilson county to buy two cameras each year. Lew is said they re cent in requested additional funding from the state this week. The District was awarded $60, More in funding for Stop aim cameras Lew is said that $60,000 will enable the school system to Purchase 20 More Stop Arm camera systems those camera systems w ill grab images of not Only the front of the vehicle. But the Back and Side As Well. He said the school sys tem was Able to secure that additional funding due to the collaborative efforts agencies including the Highway patrol the Wilson county District attorneys office and the Wilson police. Bone density xray lab and infusion Center Carolina arthritis enter is a single specially practice offering individualized care Tor arthritis patients. Our doctors and staff arc committed to providing the Best Quality most up to Date care in a compassionate manner. 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