For many students, the trip to and from school involves riding on a school bus. Motorists approaching a school bus from either direction should remember they are required to stop at least 10 feet back from buses displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop arm.
Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers, children should not rely on them to do so. Children exiting the bus should always stop and look both ways before crossing the street and remain alert to any sudden changes.
Motorists need to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops. Motorists are urged to exercise patience and never pass a stopped school bus. Additionally motorists need to watch out for children walking to and from the bus stop when they are backing out of a garage or driveway. With everyone's extra attention we can make this a safe year for school bus travel.