The Chittenden/Franklin County SHARP Program and the Milton Police Department will host a free barbecue 11 AM 1 PM Thursday, August 17 at the Grange parking lot on Rte. 7 in Milton to raise awareness about the dangers of passing a school bus when its red lights are flashing.
The August 17 date is a ‘rain date.’ The original date was Wednesday, August 16.
With summer coming to an end, school buses will soon be transporting children to and from school and it is imperative that the motoring public drive carefully when near them. The public should be prepared that school buses may be transporting children at any time of the day.
Unfortunately, some drivers will ignore the flashing red lights and that is why Vermont Law Enforcement Officers will be patrolling and watching school buses as they drive their routes. The fine for passing a school bus when the red lights are flashing is $249 and 5 points.
Police will issue tickets if necessary to keep our children safe.
The Mountain Transit Bus Company will be joining the event this year to increase the awareness. Last year, hundreds of cars passed their school buses when the red lights were activated.
“It is alarming that this many people would put our children in harm’s way to save a few seconds on their trip, which is why it is so important to get this message out,” Lt. Allen Fortin of the Chittenden County Sheriffs Office said.