Trooper Minute: School bus safety

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Do you know the exact time to stop for a school bus? Many don’t. Corporal Adam Reed looks at what you need to know to keep yourself and students safe. 

When a driver is approaching a school bus with it’s stop arm extended and lights flashing, you must stop at least 10 feet away from the bus. Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus, or approaching an intersection where the school bus is stopped. 

You must stay stopped until the lights stop flashing, the arm is withdrawn, and the kids have reached safety. 

It’s important to note that if a physical barrier, such a s a grassy median, guide rails, or concrete barriers separating oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing direction may proceed without stopping. 

For students, the most unsafe area is outside of the school bus, before crossing the street, and look both ways. Never assume that a car is going to stop for you. If your neighborhood has crosswalks, please use them. 

Also, wait for the bus on the sidewalk, it is much safer than the road. 

Drivers, pay attention to reduced speeds in school zones. These school zones will have a sign marking the beginning and end of them. 

If the school zone is active, the speed limit is 15 miles per hour. This comes with enhanced fines for violations. 

Local and State Police will be out patrolling school zones and making sure drivers follow the laws around school buses during this coming school year. 

For the sake of our kids, don’t drive distracted, and be safe. 

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