Jackson Public Schools students head back to class on Friday, and police will be out in full force to make sure drivers obey school bus safety laws.
Last year, Mississippi lawmakers passed Nathan’s Law, which enhances penalties when drivers pass a stopped school bus while its lights are flashing and its stop arm is extended. Drivers are required to stop on both sides of the roadway, unless the road is divided by a physical barrier, or they could face fines up to $1,500 and jail time.
The law was named after 5-year-old Nathan Key, who was killed three years ago as he got off a school bus in Jones County by a driver who sped through a stop sign.
“We want motorists to know that we are going to be enforcing this zero tolerance,” said Duane Odom, of the Jackson Police Department.
Police also expect drivers to follow the speed limit, especially in school zones.