COLUMBUS- Summer break is almost over for Ohio students -and for many, the upcoming journey to and from school will require trips on a school bus. That is why the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to pay attention and be alert for stopped school busses.

"Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers, children should not rely on them to do so," said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. "Children exiting the bus should always stop and look both ways before crossing the street and remain alert to any sudden traffic changes."

Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction should remember they are required to stop a least 10 feet back from buses displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop arm. From 2010 through 2012, 4,176 motorists were cited for failing to stop for a school bus when it was loading or unloading children.

The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops. Motorists are urged to exercise patience and never pass a stopped school bus. With everyone's extra attention we can make this school year a safe one.