Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.

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Starting school is always an exciting time for Arkansas' students and their families. While academic achievement is always a top priority, it is just as important to be mindful of student safety in and around school buses. 

The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation and Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Association are proud to launch the Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. school bus safety campaign, which begins its sixth year. The 2018 campaign has been expanded to include the entire month of August. 

Educators, parents, school bus drivers and community leaders throughout the Natural State are encouraged to remind Arkansas motorists to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. Also, motorists are reminded that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, as students are present. The fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were increased dramatically by Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law. 

Remember: Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.

Get Involved!

Share why school bus safety is important. Post videos or pictures promoting school bus safety and the Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. campaign on social media. Use the hashtag #2018FlashingRed. If the video or picture is posted on other sites, please send a link to for possible sharing.  

Campaign Resources:

Flashing Red. Kids Ahead Playlist on YouTube

Please watch and share the Flashing Red. Kids Ahead videos on ADE's YouTube channel.


For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Friedman, Director of Communications
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Communications
Four Capitol Mall, Room 404-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-683-4788

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