Spring Safety Reminder

SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!  

In the spring and early summer, motorists have to deal with shadows, glaring sunlight and busier neighborhood streets. Children will increase their outdoor playtime due to nicer weather and more school buses will be traveling to accommodate field trips, athletic competitions and other activities. With all of these factors, noticing the stop arm and flashing lights on a stopped school bus becomes more difficult. Here are a few safety tips for motorists, parents and students:

  • Motorists should be aware it is illegal to pass a school bus stopped with its upper red lights flashing. ( Fines of $400- $2000 plus six demerit points)
  • Traffic from both directions must stop unless you are traveling in the opposite direction on a road divided by a median.
  • Students waiting for the bus should stand at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road so the bus driver and others can see them.
  • Always walk in front of the bus, never behind it.
  • Be alert to traffic. When getting on or off the bus, look left, right, and then left again before entering or crossing the street. Watch for your Bus Driver to wave you across when it is safe.

Let’s all make that extra effort to make sure our students are safe on and off the road.