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Lackawanna County Highway Safety Program – SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

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It is back to school time! School buses are transporting children! Please take a moment to review these important safety rules!

Students:

  • While you are waiting for the bus, stay two giant steps away from the shoulder of the road.
  • When you get on or off the bus, hold on the handrail tight.
  • When you are in your seat, sit quietly in your seat so the bus driver is not distracted.
  • Never stand in the bus while it is moving.
  • Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before leaving your seat.
  • Avoid the DANGER ZONE – That’s ten (10) giant steps all the way around the bus. where the bus driver cannot see children and objects.
  • Never cross directly in front of the bus. Move out of the danger zone; look into the driver’s eyes to make sure he/she sees you before crossing in front of the bus.
  • If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. NEVER try to pick it up yourself!
  • If your bus is equipped with seat belts, make sure you are wearing your seat belt the right way.
  • Remove or shorten drawstrings. Drawstrings can catch in school bus doors.

Parents: Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
  • The penalties if convicted of violating Pennsylvania´s School Bus Stopping Law include:

$250 fine | Five points on your driving record | 60-day license suspension

Distracted Driving: One in every six drivers in school zones is distracted. Recent studies show the driving skills of a distracted driver to be as bad – or worse-than those of a drinking driver. Would you want your child to share the road with an impaired driver?

For more information, please contact:

Lackawanna County Highway Safety Program

200 Adams Avenue | Scranton, PA 18503 | 570-347-2358 | Foxk@lackawannacounty.org

Highway Safety Happenings

Independence Day DUI Initiative:   June 24 –July 7, 2013

Driving Under the Influence- Never drive impaired, never ride with an impaired driver, when you drive impaired your whole family is affected.  Crashes involving DUI are entirely preventable.   Motorists should keep their families, themselves, and other motorists safe by designating a driver or not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pennsylvania’s DUI Task Forces, the Pennsylvania State Police along with local enforcement will conduct roving patrols and checkpoints during this initiative to enforce Pennsylvania’s DUI laws.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI)- You can be arrested for DUI while operating any watercraft if you are impaired to a point where you are incapable of safe operation regardless of any blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of alcohol and drugs.

Motorcycles- Remember drinking slows down your reaction to curves!  Alcohol affects those skills  essential to riding a motorcycle – balance and coordination. So, it plays a particularly big role in motorcycle fatalities.

Aggressive Driving Education and Enforcement Project (ADEEP):  July 8 –August 15, 2013

More than 350 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting aggressive-driving enforcement activities as part of a statewide initiative targeting motorists exhibiting  aggressive driving  behaviors such as running red lights, speeding, tailgating and improper passing,  Motorists are reminded of state’s anti-texting driving law. The law prohibits as a primary offense any driver from using and Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read, or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.

Labor Day DUI Initiative: August 16-September 2, 2013

As summer ends and motorists hit the road for one last summer holiday, local law enforcement personnel across  the state will be out on the front lines in the battle against drunk driving.  Drunk driving continues to be one of  the most deadly and harmful crimes in America today.  Each year, drunk drivers and motorcycle riders are   involved in crashes that take the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.  Plan a safe way home  before the fun begins.

Seat Belts: Motorists are reminded to buckle up. Police will watch for motorists violating the state’s seat belt laws.  Remember all drivers and passengers under 18 years of age must be properly restrained.