BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many students across the region are heading back to the classroom on Monday, and with a shortage of bus drivers plaguing school districts across the nation, AAA Mid-Atlantic is advising motorists to limit distractions and stay alert.
Ragina C. Ali, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said in a release the bus driver shortage could lead to lengthier routes, longer stops, more parents opting to drive their kids and more children walking or biking to school.READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed In Southwest Baltimore
“While the return to school and our roads will look different this year, our responsibility for keeping students safe hasn’t changed,” Ali said.READ MORE: Maryland Residents Starting To Get Booster Shots After CDC Announcement
According to Maryland law, drivers must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that’s stopped in the roadway with flashing red lights, unless they are on the opposite side of a divided highway, AAA Mid-Atlantic said.
Not stopping can lead to a $570 citation and up to three points can be put on a motorist’s driver’s license.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.1K New Cases & 15 Deaths Reported Sunday
AAA Mid-Atlantic advised drivers to always stop for buses, slow down, be aware of the times when school-age pedestrians might be near the road, eliminate distractions and make complete stops.