The increasing number of vehicles that do not observe road courtesy for school buses has pushed the Public School System and the Department of Public Safety hold a Driver’s Awareness Training to keep the group abreast of the traffic rules while on the road.
Over 20 PSS bus drivers from Rota, Tinian and Saipan came to review the law that requires vehicles to stop while a school bus is in the process of fetching or dropping off students.
Since the schools opened last month, there were already five citations for violating this law and DPS has established linkage with the bus drivers to list down the plate numbers of future violators, according to Captain Delbert Sablan.
Violators will be cited for reckless driving and will need to pay $150 fine.
Defensive driving was also part of the workshop to aid drivers during rain, how to negotiate on dirt road in interior villages and how to deal with aggressive drivers.
Sablan said past accidents recorded for school buses happened when drivers switch lane. As a rule, school buses should stay at the right side lane.
The DPS sponsored driving lessons are also recommended to teachers who have plans to pinch-hit as bus drivers during this time of austerity. Sablan reminded PSS that bus driver replacements should be certified by DPS.