Students are heading back to school and that means drivers will need to be on the lookout for school buses.
State senators passed a bill last year increasing the fine for passing a school bus that is stopped with its stop sign out. Failing to stop for a school bus will result in a $500 fine and point three points on the driver's license.
Drivers should reduce their speed to 25 mph when the yellow warning lights begin to flash on a school bus and they should be prepared to stop when the red lights begin to flash.
Drivers in rural areas should also be aware of busses that may be stopped over blind hills or at intersections. Busses will be out and about around the same time each day and drivers should remember to use extra caution around these times.
For more information on ways to stay safe as the new school year kicks off, go to www.unk.edu/nesafetycenter.