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Friday, August 23, 2013

Motorists Urged to Watch for Students, School Buses as School Year Begins

Motorists Urged to Watch for Students, School Buses as School Year Begins
Violations of School-Bus Stopping Law Carry Strong Penalties

With a new school year beginning in Pennsylvania, motorists are urged to watch for students and school buses to prevent potentially tragic crashes and avoid strong penalties under the state’s school-bus stopping law.

“As students return to the classroom, drivers who haven’t had to drive around buses or students for months must be alert for bus stops and school zones,” PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said. “The consequences of just a moment of distraction could prove to be tragic.”

Under the state’s school bus stopping law, motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus. The only exception to the law is when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Even in this situation, motorists should remain watchful of students trying to cross the road to catch the bus.

If convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, drivers face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Students are also exposed to traffic while waiting for buses or walking to the bus stop or school. Motorists are reminded to be cautious and alert when approaching a school bus stop and to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

In addition to watching for school buses, motorists should be alert in school zones, which become hubs of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 mph in school zones. Violators face a fine and three points on their driving record.


Anonymous said...

...stop for pedestrains in crosswalks.

This applies for adults as well in a clearly marked crosswalk. There are days when I think the crosswalks should have pictures and written signs in Spanish as well because not everyone yields to us walking.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Please don't ever assume that because you have the right of way that that 2000 pound vehicle is going to stop. Never walk into traffic on a crosswalk until vehicles have stopped. You might be in the right, but possibly dead right. Always assume the worst and stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Not that this has anything to do with cross walks, but I do hope there has been some thought about having some police assistance at the intersection of route 6 and 872during the morning & afternoon bus runs. with the light now by the American Legion, there won't be much room for more that one bus to stop, and trying to pull out from 872 will be a disaster, well possibly worse than it is now!
Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

10:32:00 I have to agree. That intersection is going to be horrible! And dangerous!