School is here and yellow buses are on our roads carrying some very precious cargo.
For the safety of our kids, here is a quick refresher on school bus safety for drivers.
We should always drive alert and within the speed limit, but especially when near a bus stop, near a school bus, or in a school zone.
Be mindful of children walking along the street or attempting to cross the street. Children that are running to a bus stop, don’t always look before they attempt to cross a street.
A school bus has two types of flashing lights and each has a different meaning.
Yellow flashing lights on a school bus means the bus is about to stop and load or unload children. You should slow down and be alert for kids.
Red Flashing Lights on a school bus means the bus has stopped and is loading and unloading
You must wait for the red lights on the bus to stop flashing and for the extended STOP arm to be retracted before you can begin moving.
When you approach a school bus from the opposite direction, here’s what to do:
If you are on a divided highway that is split by grass or a concrete median – only the traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.
If the highway is divided by only a painted median – all traffic must stop in both directions
School systems are attaching cameras on busses to catch offenders, so please – obey the law and help keep our kids safe.
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