It's also illegal, and offenders can face jail time: a 2010 law strengthened the punishment for drivers who pass school buses illegally. First-time offenders now face up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. Drivers who injure or kill a child while passing a bus could serve up to a decade in prison.
Lacy said officials try to keep traffic buildups caused by busing to a minimum, and that drivers make every effort to let traffic pass when it's safe. But generally, he preaches patience to drivers who are tempted to pass a stopped school bus.
"Please don't put a child in danger," he said. "You're looking at maybe a minute at a stop."
Kanawha County schools start next Friday, which might catch some drivers off guard. Buses will be on the roads two weeks earlier than during former summers.
"They're not accustomed to seeing the buses on the road, and come Friday morning, they're going to pop around the corner and see a bus there," Lacey said.
But the school system is ready for the early start. Lacy said the buses are well-equipped to handle the summer temperatures.
This is the first year that all of the buses in the regular rotation are outfitted with air-conditioning systems. At Huffman's garage, for instance, six buses would need to break down before the staff would resort to using spare buses that aren't air-conditioned.
Also new to Kanawha County Schools this year is a bus information system called "Look It Up."
Parents can access the system through the school system's website, www.kcs.kana.k12.wv.us. The system lets parents access information about bus routes and attendance areas.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.