#Back2School Safety: Sharing the Road with School BusesFiled under General
School buses are a safe form of transportation for your kids. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger car and 10 times safer than walking to school. Most of the students injured by a bus are injured are pedestrians. This is why it is important to know the school bus safety laws and proper procedures.
- It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children in all 50 states.
- All traffic must stop (in both directions) on undivided roads when the students are exiting or entering the bus.
- Never pass a school bus on the right.
- Yellow lights are used to alert drivers that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children.
- Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign signals drivers that the bus is stopped and unloading or loading children.
Always be alert when traveling near school buses. Children can be unpredictable and excited to get to school or get home to tell their parents about their day. The distraction makes them less likely to be aware of your vehicle. It is up to you to keep pedestrians safe on the roadway!
Be safe as you head back to school and have a great year!