The following is from the Dakota County Emergency Management Team.
Schools are starting in the area and drivers need to pay attention to children walking, crossing the streets and school buses picking up and dropping off children.
Students all over the country rely on school buses to get them safely to and from school and other activities. As responsible drivers, we can help keep kids safe by practicing caution when school buses and children are present.
Here are some basic bus safety rules that every driver can follow:
- When you see a school bus’s flashing red lights with a stop sign, this indicates that drivers should stop.
- When you see flashing lights on school bus, drivers in either direction of the bus should stop until the lights go off and the bus moves again.
- Yellow flashing lights on the bus indicate the bus is getting ready to stop to unload or pick up children. Consider stopping or proceed with caution.
- Always wait until children are safely on sidewalks before accelerating near a bus stop.
If you’re driving near a school bus and you aren’t sure exactly what the rules are? Better safe than sorry! Stopping for school buses is one of the most important things you can do on the road. Remember, children may not know or understand just how dangerous the roadway can be and it’s up to you to be appropriately – and often overly – cautious around them.