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California Highway Patrol riding along in school buses for School Bus Safety Week

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 14:35:19-04

The California Highway Patrol is currently enforcing School Bus Safety Week and it's a high priority for the CHP, which launched the Vehicles Illegally Passing a School Bus (VIPS) project.

CHP officers will ride on school buses and patrol bus routes, watching for vehicles that don't stop for flashing red school bus lights.

“We ask all drivers, always be alert and avoid distractions, especially when children are at a bus stop,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Children may not recognize traffic hazards, so it is up to all of us to help keep them safe.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car. So, remember to stop when you see the flashing red lights and the stop-sign arms.