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Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 21-25.

Employers who take the guesswork away from drivers can help ensure employees arrive safely at their destinations, even when they have to navigate through the congestion of school zones.

Maneuvering through schools zones and bus stops takes extra caution, and preparing drivers is fundamental for the safety of all. School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 21-25) is a great time to review with your employees the importance of safety laws and precautions in and around where children are.

Share these tips from the National Highway Safety Administration:

  • Be alert and slow down when driving in neighborhoods with school zones.
  • Watch for children walking, playing or assembling near bus stops. Children arriving late for the bus may run into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Obey all school bus laws, as well as the flashing light signal systems used on school buses.
    • Flashing yellow lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Drivers should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
    • Flashing red lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on and off. Drivers must stop their vehicles and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop arm is withdrawn and the bus begins to move before they can start driving again.

Remember to watch for students when sharing the road with school buses. This is especially important when backing out of a driveway or parking spot. Crosswalks are not always clearly marked. Be a company that sets the example by providing ongoing traffic safety education and training opportunities. Teach drivers to be cautious, slow down in school zones and to be prepared for the unexpected.

When it comes to traffic safety, there is no room for guesswork.

– Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council

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