The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about the importance of school bus safety. With the school year in full swing and more than one million children in California taking the bus each day, the CHP wants to remind motorists that School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility. The CHP, in addition to other public safety agencies, observed National School Bus Safety Week from October 17-21. They helped to raise awareness about school bus safety with students, teachers, parents and other motorists and roadway users.
Safety in School Drop-Off Zones
Motorists are encouraged to exercise additional caution in and around school drop-off zones. These zones aren’t just in school areas, they’re also in residential neighborhoods, so be on the lookout for child pedestrians at bus stops during your morning and afternoon commutes. Always prepare to stop when you see flashing lights on a school bus. By law, you’re required to stop until the flashing red lights and stop signal arm deactivate. If you’re in an area where school buses are picking up and dropping off children, always remember to slow down and be on the lookout for kids.
Sharing the Responsibility of School Bus Safety
This year, the CHP is focusing on the theme of shared responsibility for school bus safety. This means, it isn’t just about proactive students, parents and teachers. Everybody needs to share the responsibility for school bus safety in California. In addition to raising awareness about the importance of shared responsibility for school bus safety, the CHP will be participating in an enhanced driver assessment program that includes tests, background investigations, health qualifications, interviews and bus inspections. Each year, the CHP inspects more than 24,000 school buses.
School Bus Safety in San Diego
Although school buses are statistically the safest way to transport children to and from school, they’re not totally without risk. Drivers need to slow down and watch out for child pedestrians, and parents, students and teachers need to keep the dialogue open about increasing safety at bus stops around the State of California.
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 team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.