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Have a Safe School Year
2022-08-17

            With the start of the 2022-2023 school season upon us, it's always a good idea to remind drivers and students about school bus safety. The Town and Country has turned to PennDOT to once again publish some basic information and rules regarding that issue.

            More than 1.5 million children are transported on Pennsylvania roads each day. These children are transported approximately 400 million miles to school each year.  To further promote safety, school vehicles may be equipped with a yellow flashing or revolving light. Every year, children are needlessly injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses.

            To remind drivers of 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or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety; If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the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; and 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; and 60-day license suspension.

            Some school bus safety tips for students include: Get to the school bus stop five minutes early so you won't have to run across the road to catch the bus; When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic. Line up at least five giant steps away from the curb or the roadway to wait for the bus; Never run after the school bus if it has already left the bus stop; Never push when getting on or off of the school bus; Always walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing so that the school bus driver can see you; Be aware — cross with care! Wait until the school bus has stopped all traffic before stepping out onto the road;

             When the school bus is moving, always stay in your seat. Never put your head, arms or hands out of the window; Talk quietly; do not distract your school bus driver; If your school bus crosses railroad tracks, be calm and quiet so that your driver can listen for a train. Always obey your school bus driver's instructions, so that he or she can make safe decisions; Never play with the emergency exits. Backpacks, band instruments, or sports equipment may not block the aisle or emergency exits. If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions; When getting off of the school bus, make sure that all drawstrings and other loose objects are secure so that they don't get caught on the handrail or the door; Never cross the street behind the school bus.

            If you leave something on the bus or drop something outside of the bus, never go back for it. The driver may not see you and begin moving the bus; and Never speak to strangers at the bus stop; and Never get into the car with a stranger.

            Have a safe school year.


 

 

 

 

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