Back to School – Time to SLOW DOWN!

By Jody Weyers, Director of Communications

busIt is back to school today for most students and it is a good reminder for everyone on the roads to remember to SLOW DOWN! In my commute to work, I pass two school zone.  Do you know what the speed limit is in a school zone?   15 MPH!!!  yes, 15!!!

Some students may also be riding the bus for the first time. If they are a first time rider, or a rider for many years, it is always good to go over school bus safety tips with your child and this is a good time for all motorist to brush up on their bus safety tips.

Bus Safety

If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand away from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Other safety steps for students include:

  • Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has instructed you to get on.
  • Only board your bus and never an alternate one.
  • Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.
  • Cross the street at the corner, obeying traffic signals and staying in the crosswalk.
  • Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.

Motorists should know what the yellow and red bus signals mean:

  • Yellow flashing lights — the bus is getting ready to stop, and motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop.
  • Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign — the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles and wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.

For additional safety tip information, go to www.redcross.org

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