Bus Safety

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

The sounds of school buses, teachers and crossing guards - after more than two months of vacation, its back to school

"When school starts at first, a period of time for people to get back in the swing of seeing kids out early in the morning. Also, school buses and school bus stoppings," says Sgt. Brian Jenkins

Not only are their kids and buses, but the lights on the school zone signs will be flashing. And, speeding during a school zone is expensive; the minimum charge is $200. You should also allow extra time for your trip and brush up on a few laws.

"When the highway is divided and there's a school bus that's stopped, both lanes of travel need to go ahead and stop for the school bus as well," says Jenkins.

Parents, you should talk to you kids about being safe. And make sure they know it’s important to watch what is going on around them.

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Safety Tips For Children:

  • When you get off, take five giant steps away from the bus, out of the danger zone.

  • Cross in front of the bus, and make sure you maintain eye contact with the driver.

  • Never go back for anything and never bend down near or under the bus.

Safety Tips For Parents:

  • Assure your children you won't get mad if they don't go back for a jacket they've left on the bus, or school work they've dropped under a wheel.

  • Encourage them to sit quietly in their seat and follow the driver's instructions on bus safety.

Safety Tips For Motorists:

  • Stop when the bus's warning lights are flashing, or the stop arm comes out.

  • Share the road with the yellow bus.

General Facts

  • School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the nation - nearly 2,000 times safer than the family car.

  • The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside a bus than inside one.

  • The child who bends over to retrieve a dropped school paper, or who walks too close to the bus while crossing the street, needs to be aware that every yellow school bus is surrounded by a danger zone.

Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site) contributed to this report.

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