Police Warn Drivers to Slow Down After 2 Kids Hit After Getting Out of School Bus in 24 Hours
While neither student sustained major injuries, police say the incidents could have been a lot worse: "Five seconds can save a child's life."
Texas police are now warning drivers to be aware of children crossing the street after two young students were struck after getting out of a school bus in the span of 24 hours.
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In harrowing footage released by the Austin Police Department, a 12-year-old student is struck down by a black pick-up truck as he crossed the street after exiting the bus.
Less than 24 hours later, another driver could be seen hitting a different student who was also leaving a school bus, and crossing the street.
"We are fortunate that they didn’t have serious injuries," Austin Independent School District's Kris Hafezizedeh told InsideEdition.com.
He said the first student was taken home by a parent after the incident, and the second was taken to the hospital but only sustained minor bumps and bruises.
Both drivers remained at the scene after the collision and were cited with misdemeanor fines of $300, police told InsideEdition.com.
"We want to bring awareness to the fact that it could have been worse," the Austin Police Department said.
Since last year, Austin's Independent School District has been ramping up measures to keep drivers accountable, including a crossing guard camera program that records streets school frequented by school buses.
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But Hafezizedeh said there is still a lot of work to be done in their neighborhoods to keep students safe.
"I don’t know what else we can do so our motorists stop for our school buses," he told InsideEdition.com. "It’s a problem not only in Austin but around the nation. Five seconds can save a child’s life."
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