Saturday, September 10, 2011

Back to School and Bus Stop Safety

It's back to school time around here, and we assume in your neck of the woods too. We thought that we'd include an expert interview on safety for this time of year. Our local police chief was so kind as to compile some helpful information and useful tips to help you and your children stay safe at the bus stop this year. Thanks to Cory our Chief of Police for helping us with this important project!

Motorists: A child’s life could be saved by you!

Every year, children across the United States lose their lives in the process of riding buses. 72% of these fatalities take place outside the school bus. These tragedies can be avoided with caution and common sense. The most important thing you can do to help is to be aware: drive with care, and obey the laws that apply to school bus safety.

Red Lights and Stop Arm:
Motorists MUST stop for a school bus when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended; this means children are getting on or off the bus. Stop at least 20 feet from the bus, and remain stopped until the lights are turned off and the stop arm retracts!

Warning Signals:
A school bus driver activates the bus’s amber signals at least 100 feet before stopping. When amber lights flash, you should immediately prepare to stop your vehicle. 

Hazard Warning Lights:
Always be cautious when approaching a stopped school bus. When the yellow hazard warning lights are flashing proceed with caution, because students may be getting on or off the bus.

The Danger Zone for Children

The danger zone is the area 10 feet around the entire bus. Children must be taught never to enter this danger zone unless they are getting on or off the bus. Drivers need to be aware of the possible presence of children in the danger zone when a school bus is loading or unloading. Parents should discuss the danger zone and school bus safety rules with their children who ride the bus.
These are the laws here where we live, make sure you educate yourself on the laws in your state

Have you taught your kids about bus stop safety? Do they know the differences in the flashing lights? Let us know!
Do you know someone who has been hurt by a school bus?  Let's chat in the Toys In The Dryer community!

1 comment:

  1. I can't tell you how lovely it was to see you both yesterday. You are BOTH firmly in my heart now. <3


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