Safety Around School Buses

According to the National Safety Council, more than 25 million students ride school buses each school day. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and Pennsylvania motorists share responsibility for keeping these children safe while on or around school buses. It is important for motorists to know the laws regarding school buses, as well as practice safe driving habits

Safety Around School BusesMotorists who violate Pennsylvania law may incur serious penalties, including a $250 citation, five points on their driving record, and a 60-day driver’s license suspension. Here are some useful safety tips for driving in the vicinity of school buses and information on the unique traffic regulations applicable when encountering school buses.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists to stop at least ten (10) feet away from a school bus when its stop sign is extended and its red lights are flashing. The law further requires motorists to stop behind a bus when meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a stopped school bus has its stop sign extended and red lights flashing.

Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also remain stopped until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. However, motorists are not required to stop and may continue moving without stopping for a school bus if they are in the opposing lane of traffic separated by a physical barrier such as a concrete or grassy median or guardrail.

It is important to not only stop for a school bus but also to remain stopped until all children reach a place of safety. Motorists must wait for any children who exit the bus and may cross the street in front of a waiting vehicle.

Parents and students must be aware of the following essential safety tips when riding school buses:

  • Children should never run after a school bus or cross the street outside of a crosswalk to catch a school bus. Children may avoid these situations by arriving at the bus stop in a timely fashion well before the arrival of the school bus.
  • Children should wait for the school bus in a location that is a safe distance from the road.
  • Children should only cross the street at intersections and walk at a distance in front of school buses sufficient to ensure that drivers may see them.
  • Children should never cross the street behind a school bus.
  • Children should remain in their seats and avoid any conduct that may distract their bus driver. They should refrain from shouting, playing loud music, walking in the aisles, and placing their arms or head outside of the vehicle’s windows.
  • If a school bus has seat belts, children should always use them.

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