The start of a school year is an exciting time for both students and parents. To help prepare your child for the first day of school, it is important to have a discussion with them on school bus safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are one of the safest school transportation options for children, accounting for less than one percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide.
However, in 2020
there were 398 crashes involving school buses, resulting in 234 injuries and two deaths in North Carolina. To help bring these numbers down, everyone needs to stay alert and understand school bus stop laws.
N.C. School Bus Stop Law
All drivers must not only be aware around school buses, but also know the law of the road.
If you're not sure when to stop for a school bus, check out the video below.
Drivers should also learn the flashing signal light system that school buses use to telegraph their actions.
Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Drivers should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
Other Tips for Drivers
School Bus Safety for Students
Teach your child the importance of school bus stop safety by checking out these do's and don'ts.
N.C. School Bus Safety Web
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
|Arrive early to your bus stop||Never walk behind a school bus|
|Stand at least 6-feet away from the curb||Never run or play around a school bus stop|
|Wait until the bus stops completely before getting on or off||Never run in the aisle of a school bus and always remain in your seat |
|When entering a school bus, form a line and go directly to a seat ||Walk! Never run to the school bus stop|
|Always use the handrail when entering or exiting a school bus||Stay out of the street while waiting for the school bus|
|Always obey and respect your bus driver||Never push or play when entering or riding the school bus |