Some Sequatchie Valley drivers putting kids in danger

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DUNLAP, Tennessee- Dr. Melissa Cordell said drivers not stopping for the school bus in Dunlap is nothing new.

“It’s not a new problem, it’s an ongoing problem that we’ve seen. (Buses) do have the stop sign, some of our new buses even have two stop signs one of the front and one in the rear,” said Cordell.

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Dunlap Police Chief Randy Phillips said it’s happening with more frequency.

“I just think it’s the time we’re in now. Where everybody is in a rush, everybody’s in a hurry, and they just don’t take the time to slow down and pay attention,” said Phillips.

Phillips said there were ten citations in February alone. The fines for running past a stop school bus ranges from $250 to $1000 but, the problem goes beyond finances.

“The children are our most valuable resources to our community, so we want to protect them and keep them safe.”

“Children are our future and they are the most precious commodity, so we really want to take the extra time to make sure they’re safe.”

Both urge drivers to slow down and look out for school buses because some drivers are putting lives at risk.

“Just slow down, watch, be aware. If you see a school bus, just be aware of when the lights start flashing, please stop,” said Cordell.

The school has needed to add additional safety measures including not letting kids cross the road on certain streets.

“We’ve also made some changes to some of our bus stops on Highway 28. We don’t allow students to cross the road where there’s a turn lane,” said Cordell.