Sharing the Road with School Buses
As we get back into our “Back to School” morning and afternoon routines, we wanted to remind families of the importance of driving safely and sharing the road with our student buses. As a friendly reminder:
- Do not pull over to load or unload in areas designated as “Bus Zones.”
- In all 50 states, it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped.
- The yellow flashing lights on a school bus indicate that they are preparing to stop in order to pick up or drop of children.
- Red flashing lights indicate that children are getting on or off the bus.
- Traffic in both directions on undivided roadways must stop while red lights are flashing. Do not attempt to pass a stopped school bus with red lights on.
- Remember that children are unpredictable and often ignore potential hazards.
- Never block a crosswalk.
- Take extra caution near school zones, parks, and residential areas.
- Watch out for students who are crossing streets or riding bicycles:
- The most common cause of collisions with bicycles are drivers turning left or right in front of the path of a bicycle.
- Check your mirrors before opening any doors when parked on the street to reduce the chance of a bicyclist riding into it.
We hope to see all drivers modeling safe and respectful behavior for our students.