School Bus Safety:

Children are going back to school and it’s important that parents go over traffic safety rules with them. It’s also very important that drivers obey the school bus laws. We want to keep the children as safe as possible.

Please read the important information included in our article and watch the videos as a reminder for the school year.

According to NHSTA (National Highway Safety Transportation Administration),  the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road.  “Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car. That’s because school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries; and in every State, stop-arm laws protect children from other motorists.” (source – NHSTA).
As your child starts school, please review traffic safety rules.  Your child should know how to approach and leave a bus safely.  Drivers must also use extra caution when near near a bus/bus stop.  Please watch out for children.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM NHSTA:

For Parents

Safety Starts at the Bus Stop

Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Visit the bus stop and show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.

Get On and Off Safely

When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.

Use Caution Around the Bus

Your child should never walk behind a school bus. If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell him/her to walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing. Your child should also make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see him/her. If your child drops something near the school bus, like a ball or book, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away. Your child should not try to pick up the item, because the driver might not be able to see him/her.

 

Review the following video with your children.

Pedestrian Safety for Your children courtesy Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

 

 

Click on the following to enlarge.

Walking To School – Pedestrian Safety

For 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 be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in 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.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in your State, as well as the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
    • 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.
    • 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 can start driving again.

 

Click on the following to enlarge.

School Bus Stop – Dividers

Obey the School Bus Lights:

 

 

“Close Call” Pedestrian Safety for Young Drivers