- Stop at least 20 feet from the bus. This applies both to vehicles approaching from the rear and from opposing lanes.
- All lanes of traffic must stop for the school bus except in opposing lanes if the highway is divided with a center median.
- No vehicle may proceed until the bus resumes motion and turns off its flashing red warning lights.
- The stop arm on the bus is an added communication device for other drivers, but lack of the extended arm is not a reason to pass a bus whose red lights are still flashing.
At The Bus Stop:
- Always walk to the bus stop. Never run. Walk facing traffic.
- Have your child wait in a safe area away from traffic and the road.
- Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals for your child to board. Watch for red flashing lights and the stop sign to be extended, and cross only when all traffic has stopped. Look left, right, and left again before crossing.
- When being dropped off, have your child take 10 giant steps away from the bus, remember that the bus driver can see your child better when they move away from the bus.
- Have your child always use the handrail when entering or exiting the bus and have them always remain seated until the bus stops.
- If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The bus driver may not see you come back, and they may begin moving the bus. Also, if you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up so they will know where you are.
- Be aware of traffic on the roadway. Drivers are required to stop for all legal school buses; however, not all do. Have your child watch carefully before crossing the roadway. Remember that in rural areas the speed limit is higher which makes it more difficult for a driver to stop quickly.
Robert D. Spoden