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Cobb County's youngest students practice riding the bus

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Kindergartner Jason Yerger has been waiting for this moment for weeks.

“Because I get to go on the school bus and go to school," he said.

On this day before the official start of the school year, students and their parents were allowed an opportunity to go on a test run. It’s a little perk Cobb County offers families of kindergartners and new first graders.

"So he can get used to it, and so I can know the route," said his mom Caroline Yerger. "This is excellent.”

When asked who's more nervous, Yerger answered, “I am definitely more nervous than my son. He’s just very excited to go to school right now.”

Once they arrived at Nicholson Elementary School, Jason got a quick lesson on safety from his bus driver Stephen R. Williams, Sr. As he and his mom departed the bus, they got a warm welcome, along with other new families, thanks to the Kell High School marching band.

Williams, the driver, told CBS46 his number one priority is safety. He said it's easy teaching the students about safety. Adults? That's another story.

"People have a lack of respect for a school bus," he said. "Everyone hates to be behind a school bus.”

Williams, a retired truck driver, is in his third year driving for Cobb County schools. He wants drivers to remember that his passengers are our future.

“I beg every driver, if you’re in a hurry, five minutes. Just leave five minutes earlier,” he said.

Otherwise, be prepared to stop. Many Cobb County school buses are equipped with cameras capable of recording the license plates of drivers who illegally pass school buses as they're loading and unloading. Violators will receive a ticket in the mail.

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