School bus safety tips for kids, drivers

Camille Rivera
August 12, 2017

Boydo said the most important feature on a school bus is the driver. If the stop sign and crossing arm are extended, other vehicles should not move until the sign and arm are retracted, the caution lights are turned off and the bus begins moving again.

The drivers came from school districts across northeast OH for a required in-service day of training on new and vital safety information.

With the new school year starting, children will be crossing streets, walking and bicycling to get to and from school each day.

Students should remain 12 steps away from the bus, where the driver can see them. The results are frightening to say the least.

Students in southwest Indiana will soon be heading back to school and Indiana State Police would like to remind everyone the importance of watching for students and for stopping for school buses while they are loading and/or unloading children. State law requires drivers to stop until the lights stop flashing and the stop sign is no longer extended. Motorists should not attempt to pass the bus while it's stopped, but there are different rules for different roads. "That's the reward. You impact lives and you impact them in a positive way to safely get them to school and safely get them home".

The two roads in Anderson where drivers say they've encountered the most serious stop-arm violations are Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Raible Avenue. If possible, drop them off at a place where they do not have to cross the street.

And illegal passing of school buses is a national problem.

Applicants must also pass a drug test and physical, criminal history checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police, and a child abuse history check. After the bus comes to a stop, red flashing lights are activated, a stop arm extends and motorists need to stop a safe distance from the bus.

With classes underway, the Sallisaw Police Department is asking drivers to keep a heads up and be alert as school buses run their routes and when driving around school grounds.

One recent report concludes that traveling by school bus has been proved to be the safest form of travel for students, who are at greater risk while traveling in private vehicles, especially those operated by teen-aged drivers.

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