No driver violated the law during the trip Friday, but Marple said it occurs too often around the state, every day.
On an average day, about 450 drivers pass stopped school buses, according to a 2012 survey of bus drivers from 50 of the state's 55 counties. About 40 drivers illegally pass buses in Kanawha County, according to the survey.
State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous said violators often are distracted or unaware of a bus stop sign. He said he hopes a state law that bans texting while driving will also benefit school-zone safety.
The girl who was struck in Summersville on Friday got off a school bus at about 2:40 p.m., said Allison Barker, a coordinator with the state Department of Education's communications office. The girl was taken to CAMC General Hospital to undergo surgery on a fractured leg and ankle, Barker said. Barker said her injuries were not life-threatening.
In 2007, Haven McCarthy, 6, of Lincoln County, was killed when she was hit by a car that illegally drove around a school bus. The driver pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was fined $50.
Lawmakers responded with Haven's Law, which makes it a felony to illegally pass a school bus. A driver who kills a child can now spend up to 10 years in prison.
National School Bus Safety Week will be celebrated Oct. 22-26.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.