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ETX school district buckles down on bus safety


There have been an increasing number of school bus wrecks in East Texas lately, particularly in Kilgore.

School officials say they're looking into why this is happening and want the public to know they're putting safety first.

"Over the past 3 months we've had a couple of fender benders. Some have been our fault and some have been the fault of motorists," says Kilgore ISD Superintendent Jody Clements.

Viewers sent us photos of those wrecks.
They're two snapshots superintendent Jody Clements isn't particularly fond of.

"What we've tried to do is we've taken some time for our bus drivers to do some additional training we thought it would be a good idea to also do the same with the community," says Clements.

Those drivers tell us they've spent hours in refresher classes and Q & As. Administrators say they've posted resources for the public online. While they're doing what they can, they say the public can help too.

"Watch for our stop signs and watch for our flashers... they mean something is about to change. We can't turn on a dime and the kids are not going to look for y'all. You've got to look for them," says

Linda Willadsen says motorists ignore this sign more often than you think.

"Absolutely everyday. People don't realize how many children are getting off and on, and the bus drivers are trying to watch the kids, the traffic, the weather," says Willadsen.

"I think it's a time for us at Kilgore ISD and for the East Texas community as a whole to look at what's happened, to look at our buses and safety, and see what we need to do differently to really be aware of what is going on," says Clements.

Superintendent Clements also says the district is looking into joining a DPS program where troopers could ride on KISD buses and issue tickets if the drivers break any laws.

If you think you might need a reminder of the "do's and don'ts" of driving around school buses, we've posted that information for you online. Just click HERE.

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