School bus stop crashes cause concern in Central Florida

Deltona mom says she's witnessed erratic drivers

By Sachelle Saunders - Reporter

DELTONA, Fla. - It's been a deadly week at bus stops across the country. At least five children have been killed; three of them were siblings at an Indiana bus stop.

In Tampa, five children and two adults were hit by a car at another bus stop. One child was left in critical condition.

One Deltona mom said she has witnessed erratic, impatient drivers. 

"They can even see the bus flashing their lights, and they're very impatient, and they'll try to beat those lights sometimes and just go right back," middle school parent Yvette Colon said.

Colon said she has also had to stand in the street herself to prevent drivers from possibly hitting students. It is against the law nationwide to pass a school bus that has its stop sign extended and lights flashing.

News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steven Montiero said there is only one instance where drivers do not have to stop and that is when there is a highway with a clear median.

"The only time that you do not have to stop -- but you have to continue with some caution -- is a multi-lane with a positive median barrier, grass, concrete that's greater than 5 feet," Montiero said.

Studies show more than 15 million people blow past stopped school buses each school year.

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