Albemarle County Police Department
With the start of a new school year, the Albemarle County Police Department would like to remind the community of a few traffic safety laws. The ACPD will have additional officers monitoring areas around the schools and along bus routes.
Drivers should be vigilant of buses that are loading and unloading students. By Virginia law, if a bus is stopped and disarming its red light, all traffic must stop. You may only pass a loading bus in locations where there is a physical barrier, such as a median, that separates lanes. All complaints of drivers not stopping for buses are investigated. This is important for the safety of our school students.
Drivers should allow extra commute time in the morning and be prepared for changes along their normal driving routes. With the beginning of school, there will be children and parents at bus stops along the highway. Additionally, in areas around the schools, drivers should expect additional pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
There are 26 schools in Albemarle County and around 13,100 students enrolled in the division. Out of those 13,100 students, nearly 8,000 ride the bus to school every day. The 150 buses cover 14,000 square miles every day on Albemarle County roadways.
Please remember to slow down and help us as we work to keep students and roadways safe in Albemarle County.