With school buses out on the roads as the school year starts, some of those buses have an extra passenger - a sheriff's deputy.
Stark County deputies are watching out for school kids by riding their buses.
Stark County Sheriff George Maier says that it's part of an increased safety presence that's already working.
"Part of that process is to actually have deputies riding on the buses, watching for violations," Sheriff Maier tells AkronNewsNow.com, "which in fact, we were even able to observe a school bus violation today as we were riding the bus."
Sheriff Maier says motorists aren't used to the school buses and kids back on the streets, and may not always remember to stop for the bus' flashing lights.
He says drivers might not yet be used to seeing school buses and kids on the roads.
"We are just trying to remind drivers, 'hey, slow down, take your time getting from point A to point B' with safety," Sheriff Maier says, "and watch for our school buses and our children."
And of course, Sheriff Maier says, keep your seatbelts fastened.