PHOENIX (CBS 5) - Arizona State law requires all drivers to stop and remain stopped when a school bus has its stop sign and flashing red lights activated. However, in much of Arizona, this law is ignored by many drivers putting students at risk.
Unless it's a divided highway with a physical barrier, drivers must stop in both directions.
In fact, one of our Good Morning Arizona reporters is actually a bus driver in the City of Phoenix. His name is Cameron Ridle. We were a guest on one of his routes to have a look at just how bad the problem is.
Every school day dozens of school students board Ridle's bus. His job is to get children from Point A to Point B safely, and it starts in the bus yard where he does through an extensive safety check.
But all the safety checks in the world don't mean a thing if people operating 4,000 lbs.-plus vehicles don't stop for the lighted school bus sign.
As Ridle's school bus makes the turn onto 19th and Dunlap avenues in Phoenix, he activates his yellow light, then his red lights and it appears drivers have stopped except for two drivers.
But there is a Phoenix police officer with the lights on to make sure everyone complies, even one of the drivers who blew passed the bus. So it would appear the fear of a ticket, by the way, is somewhere around $500, is a strong deterrent.