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September Safety Series - Back-to-school: Sharing the road with school buses, bicyclists, and child pedestrians

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ped xing signFall is a great time to remind motorists about sharing the road safely with school buses, bicyclists and child pedestrians. Our back-to-school September Safety Series is a three-part series focusing on safety around school zones and neighborhood areas where children are present. Here are a few things to keep in mind when traveling in areas where children are present and encountering buses, bikes and child pedestrians.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when sharing the road with a school bus:

  • It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. All buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists they are about to load or unload children. Red lights and an extended stop sign arm signals that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off.
  • Traffic in both directions of an undivided road must stop when children are entering or exiting the bus.
  • Traffic traveling behind the bus (in the same direction) must stop.
  • Do not pass a school bus on the right while it is stopped. Doing so is illegal and could have tragic consequences.
  • Keep your distance. Children are most likely to be hit or injured in the area 10 feet around a school bus.

Next up: Sharing the road with bicyclists...

Information from the National Safety Council