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Posted on: October 4, 2017

SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TIPS

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With school back in session, now is the perfect time to review school transportation safety tips.  Since the greatest risk to children happens when approaching or leaving a school bus, it is important for parents, children, and drivers to know and follow safety rules.

Parents and Children:

Safety Starts at the Bus Stop - Children should arrive at the bus stop before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Visit the bus stop and show children how to wait for the bus at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind children that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.

Get On and Off Safely - When the school bus arrives, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door opens.

Use Caution Around the Bus - Children should walk in front of the school bus and make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see him/her at all times.  

Drivers:

Make school bus transportation safer for everyone by following these practices:

· When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.

· When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may not pay attention to traffic. 

· Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.

· Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.

· Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

· Observe school bus laws, as well as the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:

Þ Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

Þ Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they start driving again.


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