Important Reminders About School Bus Safety

Chris Welsh, Esq.

www.welsh-law.com

Driving near a school bus requires extra caution and attention. Buses make frequent stops to let off passengers who are often of an age group that doesn’t always pay attention and who are tough to see beyond your vehicle.  Unsurprisingly, crashes and accidents related to school buses often occur between 7-8 am and 3-4 pm. Accidents can be the perfect storm of distracted driving and vision obstruction.

Attorney Chris Welsh

Attorney Chris Welsh

Safe driving near school buses can be achieved by following a few simple steps:

  1. Pay attention! Be aware of where the bus is traveling and leave extra space for sudden stops.
  2. Drive slow. School buses travel at slower speeds; be courteous by traveling at a similar speed when passing by or traveling behind a bus. After a bus unloads or loads, begin driving at a slow, safe speed.
  3. Follow the signs. States and communities have set up signs on roads and buses for a reason. Be sure to comply with all advising signals, such as when to stop and where–even if you are traveling in the opposite direction! It is illegal in every state to pass a bus while it is unloading or loading.
  4. Watch out for pedestrians–especially little ones! A bus driver’s duty is to drop kids off at their stop and keep them safe. Your duty is to make sure they are safe as well. Be especially vigilant when you arrive at a stop. Allow for all children to reach their destination and be on the look out for smaller pedestrians that may be hard to see in front of large vehicles or buses.
  5. Be aware of caravans. Buses may travel in caravans…You must stop for all buses.

To find out your state’s laws on driver behavior near school buses, visit nasdpts.org. You can also watch this helpful video on bus safety provided by the State of Washington.

This blog is based off information provided by automotive-fleet.com.

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