School bus stop safety gaining national attention after multiple deaths

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- School bus stop safety is gaining national attention after 5 children were killed last week while waiting for the bus.

From 2005-2014, more pedestrians died in school transportation related crashes, than school bus occupants according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

However, the NHTSA also reports that students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely by taking a bus instead of traveling by car.

During last school year, the National Association of Pupil Transportation reports that 32,965 vehicles illegally passed stopped buses.

There was also a close call in one mid-Michigan community.

Thursday November 1st, a Grass Lake Community schools bus driver told a student not to cross the street to board the bus, because an oncoming vehicle was not appearing to stop.

The student followed the directions, stayed off the road and the driver did eventually stop.

If a school bus has flashing yellow lights, proceed with caution.

If it's lights are flashing red and yellow, prepare to stop.