Reynoldsburg police launch school bus safety plan

Reynoldsburg police officer Tamara Jackson is so concerned seeing drivers zoom around school buses when their flashing lights are on, she's taking a new safety approach. (MGN)

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Reynoldsburg police officer Tamara Jackson is so concerned seeing drivers zoom around school buses when their flashing lights are on, she's taking a new safety approach.

Jackson posted a message on the Reynoldsburg Police Facebook page asking drivers to slow down and obey the laws.

She's a mother herself and said the mission is personal.

"I don't think I could handle that, watching someone's child get hit by a car, and all they would have had to do is wait a few seconds and then be on their way," Jackson said.

Jackson reminded drivers on the Facebook post that when the yellow flashers are on, drivers should start slowing down and stopping. Jackson said there have been several recent reports of drivers passing a bus after it had stopped and children were getting on and off.

"We are going to increase patrols and maybe if I have to, I'll ride a bus and work with another officer to get those drivers pulled over," she added.

Mark Holly has been a Reynoldsburg school bus driver for five years. He worries about his elementary school passengers every day.

"We have to keep an eye on them, and an eye on traffic. I's very hard because once kids hit the ground, they're gone," Holly said.

"We turn on our lights 200 yards before we stop and as soon as they see them flashing, they speed up and try to get around us," bus driver Curtis McMorris added.

Parents said while they love the bus drivers in the district, they worry about the other drivers. They said a new safety plan can't start soon enough.

"I was stopped and it was blinking red and I was waiting there and the next thing that I know, a car literally goes around me in between the bus and my car to pass the kids, I was in shock," said parent Katherine Chilicki, whose six-year old son Evan just started riding the bus this year.

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