In 2008, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports therewere 749 crashes involving school buses. More than 325 school busoccupants were injured.
It's never a bad time for drivers to re-familiarize themselveswith the rules of the road regarding school buses and schoolzones.
- Yellow flashing lights on a school bus 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 school bus is stopped and children are boarding or exiting the bus. Motorists from both directions (unless a physical barrier or unpaved median separates the traffic going in either direction) must come to a complete stop a safe distance from the bus and wait until the bus begins moving before they start driving again.
- Drivers are required to travel 25 mph in a school zone when indicated by a sign or signal.
- Remember, pedestrians always have the right-of-way. When encountering a pedestrian, motorists need to slow down and be prepared to stop.
- Motorists should be alert for pedestrians when making a right or left turn on red. Pedestrians should be allowed to completely cross the street before a driver begins turning.
Follow these simple rules around school buses and school zonesand everyone will get where they're going safe and sound.
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