The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers to be alert when traveling in school zones and near school bus stops.  Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Georgia State Troopers regularly patrol school zones as part of their normal duties and they will be keeping a close watch for school zone violations.  He said troopers will also be watching for people who fail to stop for a school bus that is stopped to load or unload passengers.

Colonel Hitchens reminds drivers that Georgia Law requires vehicles to stop when overtaking or meeting a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading passengers.  Vehicles are required to stop in both directions for a stopped school bus that is displaying its red stop lights and has the stop arm activated, except on a controlled-access highway or when the highway is divided into separate roadways.  After stopping, you may proceed only when the school bus resumes motion or when the flashing lights are no longer activated.