School’s in Session — Use Caution!

Kids are back in school and that means traffic patterns are changing.


School days bring congested traffic — school buses are picking up and dropping off children, parents are in a hurry to drop their kids off before work and those close enough may be riding a bike or even walking to school. It’s important in any of these situations for drivers to slow down and pay closer attention before and after school.


You will definitely be sharing the road with school buses. If you are driving behind a bus, be sure to leave a greater distance than driving behind a car. This will allow for more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. In all 50 states, it is illegal to pass a bus that is stopped to load or unload school children.


• Never pass a bus from behind — or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road or if it is stopped to load or unload.


• If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.


• The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.


• Be alert; children often are unpredictable and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.


Now that school has started back you may be sharing the road with bicycles. On the road, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Unfortunately, children on bicycles can create special problems for drivers because they are not trained in the rules of the road and many times are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver who turns left in front of a bicycle.


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