Drivers urged to watch for stopped school buses
Motorists should be keenly aware of the risks that accompany the reopening of schools as more children use sidewalks and bicycle paths. But drivers also need to watch for buses transporting children to and from schools in the morning and afternoon. Buses often stop in travel lanes, requiring approaching vehicles to slow or stop.
The following rules apply to motorists as they approach a school bus:
Drivers must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped to pick up or deliver school children if the bus displays flashing red signals.
On a two-lane road, following and oncoming traffic must stop and remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing and/or the stop arm on the left side of the bus is extended.
On a highway with two or more lanes of traffic traveling in each direction, oncoming traffic is not required to stop when meeting a school bus. However, motorists still are urged to watch for children crossing traffic lanes while on their way to or from the bus.
Drivers also should use caution when traveling through school zones or near routes used by children and should observe school speed limits and the instructions of crossing guards.