Thursday, August 26, 2010
Children and teens should be reminded that there are different rules for exiting public transit buses, like Ride On and Metrobus, as compared to school buses. When school bus riders exit the bus, they should cross in front of waiting school buses. Passengers exiting Ride On or Metro buses should wait to cross the street until the bus has departed.
Motorists are urged to watch for children traveling to and from school. It is difficult to predict their actions, but it is the driver’s responsibility to be extra cautious, anticipate the unexpected and be prepared to stop.
Motorists should also know the school bus law and understand the flashing light system that school bus drivers use:
- Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is preparing to stop and load or unload children. Motorists need to slow down and prepare to stop.
- Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm mean the bus has stopped and children are boarding or exiting the bus. Motorists must come to a complete stop a safe distance from the bus and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the arm is retracted, and the bus begins moving before they start driving again.