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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or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.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