MADISON, Ala. - Governor Robert Bentley has declared the week of October 17-21 as Alabama School Bus Safety Week.
Madison City Schools operate 87 buses and travel more than 2,000 miles every day. The school system hosted a breakfast with donuts and coffee for their drivers who pay attention to safety every day.
"Before we even get on the bus, and leave this lot we have to make sure that it is safe to leave this lot to transport those kids," said Fred Richardson, a Madison city bus driver.
Fred has been driving Madison city students to and from school for 10 years. It's something he says brings him great joy, along with protecting his precious cargo on the bus.
"A good day for me is when I can safely get to my destination and safely return back to this lot," said Richardson.
But there's one thing he wishes drivers would pay more attention to when a school bus stops.
"The kids are loading and unloading the bus and then sometimes they're not paying attention to what they're doing," said Richardson.
When that school bus comes to a complete stop, they ask that you pay attention to your surroundings.
"It's important for the people to observe that stop sign because it's too late to say 'uh oh' once the kid is hit or injured," said Richardson.