CINCINNATI -- As students head back to school this week, police will be out in force to make sure commuters and bus drivers are being safe.
It’s all part of National School Bus Safety Week. This year’s theme is “Be Smart. Be Seen. Wait in a Safe Place.”
That’s a reminder to parents, students and all drivers that children aren't just at risk when boarding or exiting a bus. They also need to be safe while waiting on that ride to school.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers will be stepping up enforcement in and near school zones and following buses on their daily routes.
Some troopers will even be riding along with kids to look for drivers passing stopped school buses.
Between 2012 and 2014, more than 4,000 drivers were ticketed for failing to stop for a school bus.
Troopers said students need to remember to look both ways before getting on and off the school bus.