Another summer has come and gone, now it is time for the kids to head back to school! As the school year takes off, you may start to see that familiar vehicle, the school bus, on the roads again. Here are some tips for drivers who share the roads with school buses, as well as easy lessons to teach your kids about bus stop safety.
When do drivers need to stop and when are they allowed to continue driving? The law depends on the number of lanes. On a two-lane roadway, drivers traveling in both directions must stop for school buses. By law, drivers must remain stopped until the bus is in motion again or the bus driver signals that traffic can proceed.
On a road with four or more lanes, drivers on the opposite site of a stopped school bus do not need to stop. Only vehicles on the same side of the roadway are required to stop. That law is applicable in Ohio, but not in all other states. On roads with four of more lanes, Ohio law requires that school buses pick up students on the same side of the road that the passenger lives on.
A driver breaking these laws can face fines up to $500 and a temporary suspended license.
When you are driving near a bus, remember the following:
- Keep an especially close eye on students as they are getting on and off the bus. Kids can be unsure about how to get off the bus and end up going a direction they are not supposed to, be on the lookout for that.
- Be alert and SLOW DOWN. Do not speed anywhere, but especially near a vehicle carrying children.
- Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload students.
- Know and understand traffic laws and speed limits near a school bus and school zone.
Teach Your Children
If your children will be riding the bus to school, home from school or both. Here are a few recommendations from the National Safety Council. Children should:
- Wait away from the roadway and board only when the bus has come to a complete stop.
- When crossing in front of the bus, walk at least 10 steps away from the bus so the driver can see them.
- Never walk behind the bus. Drivers might lose sight of kids in their blind spots.
From everyone here at Three-C Body Shop, we wish you a safe and fun school year!
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