RALEIGH, North Carolina — The State Board of Education has approved a new school bus safety policy after five North Carolina students were hurt by motorists passing stopped buses this school year.
The policy approved Thursday requires school bus drivers to use standard hand signals to tell students when the road is safe to cross.
Bus drivers will put a palm up to signal the students to wait. When it is safe, drivers will use a 'thumbs up' and then point in the direction students should walk.
State law prohibits vehicles from passing buses when their stop arms swing open and lights flash. The Senate in May approved a bill allowing local school systems to install school bus cameras and cite violators with $500 civil penalties. The bill remains in the House judiciary committee.