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Drivers reminded of school bus laws in wake of serious accident (video)

MUSKEGON, MI -- Drivers may think they know traffic laws regarding school buses.

But after a student was critically injured Thursday while trying to board a Coopersville school bus Thursday, this is as good a time as any for a refresher course.

To help drivers understand rules when approaching or traveling behind school buses, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District made an instructional video last year.

It reminds drivers that they may pass a school bus when it has its yellow flashers on -- lights that are activated 200 feet before a bus stop. But once those flashers turn red, drivers must stop until they are turned off. That goes for drivers approaching buses in the opposite direction unless they are on a roadway with a center median.

On Thursday, a 15-year-old student was struck as he crossed the street to board a Coopersville school bus in Ottawa County's Wright Township. The driver failed to stop for the bus's red flashers, saying she had thought they were still yellow.

The teen, Jovanni Viveros-Villa, was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in critical condition.

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