October is School Bus Safety Awareness Month

During School Bus Safety Awareness Month, the CHP and a variety of other law enforcement and public safety agencies in California and across the nation are working to raise awareness about the dangers facing children at bus stops and on school buses. Even though school buses are one of the most regulated and safe vehicles on the road, they’re not totally without risk. Bus drivers are counting on other motorists to stop when they see the flashing red lights.

What is National School Bus Safety Week?

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about their efforts to raise awareness for school bus safety during School Bus Safety Week. Officials with the CHP are hoping to improve safety for children and improve awareness for motorists, parents, teachers and students. During National School Bus Safety Week, October 22-26, CHP officials will be doing their part to spread the word about safety on the bus and at the bus stop. In addition to educational programs aimed at raising awareness about school bus safety issues, they will also be stepping up enforcement of traffic safety laws that impact school bus and bus stop safety.

Vehicles Illegally Passing a School Bus

In 2017, the CHP introduced their “Vehicles Illegally Passing a School Bus” (VIPS) project, which is an enhanced enforcement program to catch drivers who illegally pass school bus. During this innovative new enforcement program, CHP officers will actually ride on school buses and patrol bus routes. They will be on the lookout for vehicles that don’t stop for the flashing lights of a school bus. The CHP is also relying on motorists to report other drivers who illegally pass buses.

Bus Stop Safety in California Cities

The most dangerous part about taking the bus to school is actually getting on and off the bus at the bus stop. This is an area where dangerous or negligent motorists might be speeding through or ignoring the flashing red lights of a stopped bus. If your child has been injured at the bus stop or on a school bus in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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