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Police seek to decrease bus accidents

April 02, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police are increasing patrols in the Chambersburg area in light of three school bus accidents that occurred since late February. Police also said they've received reports of motorists passing buses illegally.

Vehicles rear-ended Chambersburg Area School District buses on Feb. 25, March 12 and March 26. Several children were taken to hospitals for injuries resulting from those accidents.

State police will be patrolling U.S. 30 from Interstate 81 to Fayetteville, Pa. Buses are active in that area from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., police said.

Pennsylvania's school bus stopping law requires motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended to stop at least 10 feet from the bus. Motorists approaching from all directions are required to stop, unless they are on the opposite side of a divided highway.

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"Lanes of a divided highway are clearly separated by a divider such as concrete barriers or grassy medians. (Route) 30 only has a few of these sections," police stated in a news release.

"A turning lane is not a dividing barrier!" police said in bold letters.

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