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Friday, April 29, 2016

First Student thanks everyone who helped with their Reds Flashing - No Passing campaign



"As a motorist, if you can not be totally alert to your surroundings, and notice a large bright yellow school bus with multiple red lights flashing and a stop sign flashing, you really have no business operating a motor vehicle on our streets and highways."

  •  Dangerous incidents still occurring


Sharon Roberts, Location Manager, First Student Pincher Creek

First Student would like to thank all the people who helped to make this safety campaign happen.

To the Town and MD for their support, to all the news, social media and people who helped to get our story out, to Tim Hortons for allowing us to take over their drive thru on Friday April 22nd, and especially to Sheryl Baker and her boys William and Zachary.




Despite the message “Reds Flashing – No Passing”, being shared and broadcast for an entire month, we still experienced a “fly by” here in Pincher Creek the afternoon of Monday April 18th. The motorist admitted to simply not paying attention as they passed the school bus with the red lights flashing.

As a motorist, if you can not be totally alert to your surroundings, and notice a large bright yellow school bus with multiple red lights flashing and a stop sign flashing, you really have no business operating a motor vehicle on our streets and highways.

School bus drivers do everything in their power to protect our most precious cargo, but children are the most vulnerable as they load and unload the school bus. This is when motorists need to do their part. These children are the future of our community and the country. The sky is the limit to what each and every child can achieve. Unfortunately that potential can be cut short by one careless motorist.

As school bus drivers we recognize and thank the large majority of motorists who stop for our red flashing lights and help us keep our children safe. To that extremely small percentage of motorists who are in a hurry and not paying attention, we ask you to “watch for us on the yellow bus” and be aware of our flashing red lights and STOP. “Reds Flashing – No Passing”. It really only takes about 30 seconds of a motorists life to stop, but it could mean the life of a child.

School Bus Safety and Awareness month might be over, but we urge everyone to keep sharing our message “Reds Flashing – No Passing”

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, well it also takes a village to keep a child safe.

School bus drivers need everyone to be diligent and alert when they see a school bus with red lights flashing and STOP. Please help us keep our children safe.


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