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Updated: 8/23 11:29 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV mynews3.com) -- As thousands of Clark County students prepare to start school Monday, the school district is pushing for increased safety on the roads.

School buses are equipped with several safety features including mirrors that allow drivers to see kids in easy-to-miss areas. The buses also have crossing arms to prevent kids from walking in the driver's blind spot.

Even with these safety mechanisms, it’s important for drivers to stop for buses and slow down in school zones, district officials advise.

Bus drivers must also be vigilant. “We teach our drivers that just because they've stopped and they're displaying their flashing red lights and they have the stop signs, that they still have to make sure that the cars are stopping while they watch for students that may have to cross the street,” says Alex Torres, a school district transportation instructor.

Drivers who fail to stop for school buses could face a fine of up to $1,000, plus four demerit points on their licenses.

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