Special to Iredell Free News

Iredell-Statesville Schools officials are urging motorists to be on the lookout for students and follow all traffic laws after an elementary school student was nearly hit by a motorcycle on Thursday afternoon.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating the near-miss that occurred on Carlyle Road in Troutman about 2:38 p.m. Thursday. (If you have any information about the incident, please contact the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP

.According to the district, on average a stopped school bus is passed 40 times a day in Iredell County.

“We want to remind our community to slow down and pay attention. Driving distracted is not worth someone’s life,” I-SS officials said in a news release. “If you see a stopped school bus with red flashing lights and extended stop arms, this indicates the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off the bus. Drivers must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.”