School Bus Safety Reminders
School is back in session, which means you’ll likely notice yellow buses winding their way through Marion. It is critical for drivers to be extra cautious in watching for students heading to and from the buses. Statistically it is safer for kids to ride in a school bus than in your own vehicle.
Sadly, most accidents in which children are severely injured involve the kids getting on or off the bus and not actually when the bus is moving. Several studies have shown that on average someone drives through a bus stop sign on every school bus once a day. If you think of that happening once per day to every school bus, there is a lot of potential for a child being hit by a car. A major cause of this is distracted driving.
The Marion Fire Department and Iowa Department of Education offer these bus safety reminders:
Reminders for DRIVERS:
- When the bus’s yellow flashers turn on, that signifies that it is preparing to have child get on or off the bus. All vehicles behind the bus must come to a complete stop.
- If you are approaching a bus from the opposite direction, slow your speed to 20 mph when the bus turns on its yellow flashers.
- On a two-lane road, traffic in both directions must come to a full stop when the lights are flashing red.
- On a four-lane road, traffic moving in the opposite direction must slow down and proceed with caution when either red or yellow flashers are present.
- Stop your vehicle at least 15 feet from the bus.
- Remain stopped until the flashing lights are turned off and the stop arm is pulled back in.
Reminders for STUDENTS:
- Stop and look both ways before crossing a street.
- Do not cross the street until the bus driver signals it is OK to cross.
- Always cross in front of the bus far enough ahead to be seen by the driver (5 giant steps ahead).
- Never cross behind the bus or run behind the bus.
- Do not run, push or shove when waiting at the bus stop, and always arrive a few minutes early.
- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before getting on the bus.
- Make sure your bus driver can see you when you are crossing in front of the bus. If you can’t see the driver, the driver cannot see you.
- If you drop something near the bus, do not pick it up. Instead, tell the bus driver what you dropped, and let the driver instruct you on what to do.
Student safety starts at home. Teach your children who ride the school bus to practice these safety rules. It could save their lives!
Slow down and pay attention when you are driving, especially when a school bus is nearby.