Lamar Co. school officials address bus safety

LAMAR COUNTY, MS, (WDAM) - The Lamar County School District announced Monday that they are spearheading a bus safety program designed to educate both drivers and students on having a safe experience commuting to and from school.

During a news conference at Oak Grove Primary School, the pilot program was detailed by statewide officials. One hundred Lamar County bus drivers will be educated by both the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the State Department of Education.

Additionally, children will be taught how to safely enter and exit the school bus and behave appropriately while on board.

Nathan's Law is another education component of the pilot program. The law went into effect on July first and it makes it a punishable offense to pass a stopped school bus.

The law is named after Nathan Key, a Jones County boy who was killed by a car passing his stopped school bus in 2009. Lori Key is Nathan's mother. She was present at Monday's announcement in Lamar County.

According to Lori Key, "I am very excited that we've had the backing from the Mississippi Highway Patrol. That is going to help us enforce what we have put into place through legislation."

The Lamar County Sheriff's department notes that when school starts this week, they will be in unmarked cars looking out for anyone that breaks Nathan's Law.

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