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"We try to locate the vehicle based off of the school bus driver's description". The Legislature is requiring them to do it.

Tillman said that numerous fleet's newer buses have improved safety systems, including LED strobe lights. Bevans suggested one group in particular that may be a natural fit for driving a bus full of children.

"Our focus is to get our children to school safely in the morning, and get them home safely at night", said driver Lynn Robinett.

Amid a reported nationwide shortage of school bus drivers just weeks before returning to school, local transportation providers say they are feeling the same effects.

"We want people to focus on their driving, be patient, and slow down in school zones", he says.

A driver who passes a stopped school bus illegally is endangering children and is subject to significant fines and possibly other penalties.

The yellow school bus is the safest vehicle on the road, but bus drivers can't control every auto around them. Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation, one that school bus drivers are quick to report.

Transportation providers say they are doing things they have not had to in the past, like attending more job fairs and events, as well as paid advertising.

The common rule among school bus drivers is simple but worth overstating - respect the bus.

The relationship between the two agencies has become strained amid concerns of late student pickups, questionable management and financial struggles for the countywide bus agency, Dallas County Schools.

If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop. If you're distracted and can't see a big yellow bus with flashing red lights chances are you won't see a kid crossing the street, either.

Those waiting on the opposite side of the road from a bus stop should wait until the bus stops, the red flashing lights are on, the stop arm is extended and all traffic has stopped before crossing the street in front of the bus. "They have school and friends on their mind".