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Posted on: August 15, 2023

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School Crossing Reminders

Sharing the Road (with School Buses) 

  • Never pass a bus from behind if it’s stopped to load or unload children. 

  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. 

  • The area ten feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus. 

  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks. 

Reminders (for Drivers) 

Four easy ways to stay alert: 

  • Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school’s drop off procedure. 

  • Make eye contact with children crossing the street. 

  • Never pass a bus loading or unloading children. 

  • The area ten feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus. 

Slow Down and BAlert (in Neighborhoods) 

  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs. 

  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. 

  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours. 

  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. 

  • Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving. 

  • Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school's drop-off procedure. 

Share the Road (with Pedestrians) 

A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe. 

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn; this could put pedestrians in the path of moving traffic. 

  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection. 

  • Always stop for any crossing guard holding up a stop sign. 

  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas. 

  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way. 

  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians. 

Reminders (for Bike Riders) 

  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in a single file. 

  • Stay alert and avoid distracted riding. 

  • Make sure your child always wears a properly fitting helmet and bright clothing. 

Rules (for Bus Stops) 

  • If you see the bus is flashing yellow, plan for them to prepare to stop, prompting you to follow suit.  

  • As soon as the lights start flashing red, motorists must come to a complete stop whether you are behind the bus or on the other side of a two-lane roadway (with painted lines). 

  • Motorists must use caution on a multi-lane road or divided highway with unpaved medians, or barriers when a bus stops. 

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