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Morehead Police to focus on school bus safety

Posted at 5:18 AM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 05:20:17-05

MOREHEAD, Ky. (LEX 18) -- A surveillance camera inside a school bus caught a silver SUV passing the bus, ignoring the bus's stop sign and flashing lights as children prepared to walk across the street.

The bus driver hit the horn and another adult aboard the bus yells out the license plate number.

The video was posted to the Morehead Police Department's Facebook page on Monday of the incident that happened on Main Street in Morehead.

No one was hurt and the driver has been charged, according to police, but it's incidents like this one that made the department want to step up patrols of bus routes.

"We plan to have more marked cruisers and even unmarked cruisers out and about behind school buses or even in residential areas where they're going to be dropping the kids off, just to keep everybody in check," Officer Ron Overstreet said.

It's a step Back Alley Tattoos owner Michael Davis hopes will improve safety along Main Street.

"For such a small little town it's surprisingly a lot of traffic," he said.

From his shop window, he's seen multiple close calls, he said.

"It seems that so few people really pay attention to their surroundings and what they're doing when they're operating a vehicle," Davis said.

A person who fails to stop for a school bus can be fined up to $200, jailed up to 60 days, or both for the first offense, according to Kentucky law.