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Officers with the Clarksville Police Department are reminding drivers of the traffic laws they must follow when they pass through school zones throughout the city, as the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System resumes classes this week.

Per a report by Clarksville Now, a spokesperson with the CPD says that the department will be watching drivers carefully to catch anyone speeding through school zones or attempting to pass school buses.

The CPD says that drivers should remember that school zones are marked with flashing lights or traffic signs, and that drivers should also pass through these areas distraction-free while remaining alert and cautious. In addition, drivers should note that active school zones have a speed limit of 20 mph unless otherwise posted.

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School starts this week in both Wilson and Robertson Counties, but administrators with both school districts say they’re facing a shortage of qualified bus drivers.

WKRN.com reports that Wilson County has enough bus drivers for day one, but the coming weeks could be a challenge. Officials with that school district say that one of the biggest challenges when it comes to hiring drivers is finding people who are capable of handling potentially unruly children on multiple routes each day.

A spokesperson with the Wilson County school system says that there are 130 bus drivers on the payroll, but the county needs around 10 more to cover for drivers when they call out sick.

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Dickson County school officials worked with local emergency responders to learn techniques for handling school bus crises, including crashes, during a 45-minute drill on Tuesday morning.

Per WKRN.com, the drill involved bus drivers and school officials getting first-hand experience on working with emergency personnel, including the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, in emergency situations, including removing children from school buses after accidents.

A spokesperson with the Dickson County school system told reporters that the drill was part of the country’s safety training for its transportation employees and is a great way to prepare them for disaster scenarios.

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A Chevy Trailblazer turned into the path of a Clarksville Transit System bus last Wednesday afternoon, causing four people to suffer injuries.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred when the Trailblazer was traveling south in the left lane of Wilma Rudolph Blvd near the bus, which was in the right lane. The juvenile driver of the SUV attempted to turn right onto Old Trenton Road, but cut off the bus in the process, causing the driver to swerve to avoid a collision.

The bus briefly exited the road and entered an embankment, but the driver regained control and brought it back onto the road. However, the bus then struck a large rock in the road. The driver of the Trailblazer also lost control, causing the SUV to leave the road and crash into the embankment.

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The emphasis on school bus safety has increased in Tennessee after last November’s tragic bus accident in Chattanooga, and school officials in Putnam County made sure their bus drivers were properly trained for emergency situations during a recent training exercise.

Per a report by the Herald-Citizen, Putnam County Schools worked with the county’s fire department to stage a mock fire onboard an 84-passenger school bus. Bus drivers for the school district then used their training to instruct “students” to put their heads down and wait to be tapped on the shoulder before evacuating the bus.

The school system’s supervisor of transportation says that bus fires are more likely to occur than rollover accidents, and that’s why it’s important for drivers to be prepared to safely handle these situations.

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A 15-year-old high school student is being called a hero after he put his life on the line to save classmates who were onboard a bus that caught fire in Gallatin last week.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the bus was traveling on Highway 109 when the engine burst into flames. The bus driver exited the bus and attempted to locate a fire extinguisher. Meanwhile, the interior of the bus began filling with black smoke, causing students to panic.

During the chaos, the boy managed to locate and open an emergency exit, allowing the students an opportunity to escape the thick smoke. After opening the emergency exit, the boy even stayed onboard the bus until all students had exited.

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Middle TN School Bus Drivers Still Working Despite Complaints

Several school districts throughout Middle Tennessee have received complaints about driver behavior in recent months, but a recent investigation revealed that many of those drivers are still getting behind the wheel to pick up and drop off children.

Per a report by WSMV.com, the investigation of the deadly Chattanooga bus crash last November that killed six students revealed that the driver had been the subject of complaints prior to the crash, including swerving and attempts to make children on his bus fall.

Reporters found that Wilson County’s school board has received nearly a dozen complaints about bus drivers since August, including speeding and erratic driving incidents. In Williamson County, a driver was filmed texting while behind the wheel.

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17 States Considering Making Seat Belts Mandatory on School Buses

Lawmakers in 17 states are considering bills that would require all school buses to be equipped with seat belts.

Per a report by the Associated Press, California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas already have seat belt laws for school buses, and 17 additional states may join them if legislation concerning seat belts on buses passes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 23 million children get transported to and from school via school buses every year, and an average of six children die in school bus accidents annually.

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Seat Belts on School Buses Bill Scheduled for 2017 Tennessee Legislative Session

Tennessee lawmakers convened for the 110th General Assembly on Wednesday, and the session is expected to include a bill that would require all school buses in the state to be equipped with seat belts.

Per a report by WKRN.com and WATE.com, the bill was conceived after the school bus crash in Chattanooga in November that killed several students.

The state has a budget surplus heading into the 2017 legislative session, and some lawmakers want that money to go towards adding seat belts to school buses, which could cost a few million dollars.

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Gray Line Adding Seat Belts to Charter School Buses in Davidson County

Bus manufacturer and supplier Gray Line announced this week that it will begin installing seat belts on school buses that serve public charter schools in Davidson County.

Per a report by WKRN.com, Gray Line aims to have lap and shoulder seat belts installed on more than half of its buses by the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year and its entire fleet outfitted by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

The president and CEO of Gray Line Tennessee said that safety is the company’s top priority and that three things stand out in school bus safety: driver performance, student behavior, and safety equipment.

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