The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release urging motorists to drive safely near school zones and around bus stops. They’re reminding drivers to exercise caution and follow all state laws when approaching school buses and school crossings.
With recent tragedies in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, safety advocates are calling on the public and media to help get the word out about school zone and bus stop safety to reduce incidents of stop-arm violations.
NHTSA’s Tips for Motorists in 2019
- Be alert and slow down when driving in neighborhoods with school zones.
- Watch for children walking, playing or assembling near bus stops.
- Obey the school bus laws in your state, as well as the flashing light signal systems used on school buses.
- Flashing yellow lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
- Flashing red lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop arm is withdrawn and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
Improving Safety For Children at Bus Stops
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk to their children about bus stop safety. It’s a good idea to make sure children arrive to the bus stop five minutes early. Kids should also stand at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb.
Remind children to never walk behind a school bus. Children should always walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street, and cross the street in front of the bus with at least five giant steps (10 feet) between them and the front of the bus. Always remind kids to make eye contact with bus drivers so they know for sure they’re being seen.
Finally, if a child drops something near the bus, they need to tell the driver immediately. They should never grab the item until they tell the bus driver.
If your child has been injured in a school zone or at a bus stop in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.