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Law enforcement officers reminds drivers about requirements to stop for school buses

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 30 on Tuesday, Dec. 18, injured one person, but a hospital transport was not needed.

Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 30 near Wikstrom Road around 4:14 p.m., where a vehicle rear-ended another that was stopping for a school bus.

Scott Gregory McDaniel, 52, of Rainier, who was driving a silver Volkswagen passenger car, was coming to a stop on the westbound side of the highway to wait for a school bus, when Deborah Ann Pontius, 56, of St. Helens, who was driving a white Plymouth Voyager, crashed into the back of his vehicle, according to OSP call logs.

The school bus was stopped on the eastbound side of the highway with its red flashing lights activated, the log added. Pontius said she was injured in the crash,

but did not want to be transported to the hospital. Family members arrived on scene to transport


The vehicle was towed from the crash site.

Traffic safety with school buses

The Scappoose and St. Helens school districts have taken steps this year to prevent serious crashes or incidents involving motorists and school buses. Both districts have had law enforcement officers from Oregon State Police and local police departments do school bus ride-alongs to look for drivers who are not obeying the law when it comes to stopping for school buses.

Oregon state law requires motorists to stop for a school bus. Motor traffic traveling in any direction, even on the opposite side of the road, must come to a complete stop for a school bus with its flashing lights activated, and must remain stopped until the lights are no longer activated.

SHPD Sgt. Jose Castilleja explained that failure to stop could results in a ticket of up to $440. Officers with SHPD have only issued one ticket so far since the start of the school year, he explained.

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