Always be aware of the school buses!
It’s time for students to return to school – & the school buses to hit the roads once again.
Well folks! It’s that time again! Time for many people to head back to school! & whether you’re a college student attending one of the local colleges or universities, or a parent trying to get some last minute school supply shopping done for your children, it is always important to know that with the school year starting back up, you can expect increased traffic on the roads. & yes, that includes those big yellow school buses!
In this Back to School Edition blog post, I will be highlighting the importance of school bus safety, because often times, we see accidents that involve a school bus. All 50 states in the US have laws that revolve around school buses, specifically laws that make it illegal to pass a school bus when it is stopped (& its red lights are flashing & signs are extended out). Sadly, there are too many incidents by which vehicles pass a stopped school bus as it is loading or unloading passengers, and some of those incidents have involved fatalities or serious injury.
As depicted by the above graphic, in most circumstances – traffic in BOTH directions MUST STOP for the school bus when it is stopped (& its red lights are flashing & signs are extended out). When travelling on a divided highway (either with a grassy median that is 5 feet wide or greater, or a concrete barrier), traffic travelling with the bus will need to stop, whereas traffic in the opposite direction will not. However, traffic in the opposite direction will still need to use caution when traveling.
Below, is a classic example of motorists not doing what they’re required to do. FOX 13 (WTVT) reported on this matter, along with several other local media outlets, in Port Richey, FL in 2018. Things got so bad along this portion of US Hwy 19 (which is already a massively busy highway to begin with) that the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has to step in & hand out citations to the violators.
Situations like this have happened in other places throughout the nation! It is imperative that you follow the laws & drive with extra caution as classes get back in session. As always, I wish everyone that is headed back to the classroom a safe and wonderful school year!