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News Release

Contact: Thomas Algarin, Director, Communication & Information
770-422-3500 ext. 282

Release October 9, 2013

District Honors National School
Bus Safety Week, Oct. 21 - 25
Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, Oct. 21

MARIETTA, GA -Marietta City Schools (MCS) honors National School Bus Safety Week, October 21-25, 2013. Georgia School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day is October 21. MCS has 98 school buses and safely transports nearly 6,300 students to and from school each school day. The 2013 National School Bus Safety Week theme is “At my Stop - You Stop!”

“Each year during School Bus Safety Week, we urge parents and community members to recognize the importance of school bus safety,” states Mark Lindstrom, MCS Director of Transportation. “Motorists are required to stop for stopped school buses that are displaying flashing red lights and a stop arm.”

This school year, MCS and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) deployed CrossingGuard®, ATS’ new technology to help address the growing problem of illegal passing of stopped school buses that are boarding or disembarking children. View this online video, to learn more about this technology and its use at MCS.

“ATS will equip ten additional Marietta City school buses with stop arm cameras bringing the total number of buses with stop arm cameras to twelve. Eventually we plan to have one-third of our bus fleet equipped with this technology to help reduce the number of stop arm violations across the district,” added Mark Lindstrom. “It is imperative that drivers are aware of the dangers of illegally passing school buses. Drivers that are not educated on the Georgia School Bus Stop laws unintentionally put students’ lives in danger.”

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