School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety
Posted on 10/28/2016

The South Jefferson Transportation Department is dedicated to getting students to and from school safely and they offer the following important reminders to all motorists:

Stop for school bus lights. Always stop for school buses with flashing red lights. It’s the law! Drivers approaching the bus from either direction must come to a full stop for the duration that the red lights are on.  This rule applies in parking lots as well as on the road.  Flashing yellow lights mean drivers may proceed with extreme caution. Bus drivers engage the flashing yellow lights before the flashing red lights, signaling that they are about to stop.  Please always use extra caution when you see a school bus.

Obey crossing guards and school zone speed limits. The speed and distance away of oncoming cars is difficult for young children to judge. Always slow down and prepare to brake in anticipation that a small child might run in front of your vehicle.

Be careful around parked vehicles. Be particularly careful in areas with parked vehicles on the side of the road. Children waiting to cross may be especially difficult to see behind parked sport-utility vehicles.

Don’t be a distracted driver. Cell phones are a known distraction. Never use hand-held cell phones while driving, and never use hands-free cell phones while driving in school zones or areas with children. The same goes for activities that distract the driver, such as changing CDs, looking at notes and reading maps.

We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe.  

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