Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee
It is the time of year when Black Hawk College students are returning to school. In addition to BHC students, elementary and high school students are also returning to school, many of whom ride school buses. School buses are an extremely safe mode of transportation. In fact, more children are hurt outside the bus as pedestrians, than inside as passengers.
Here’s a refresher on the laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with school buses:
- All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
- School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
- All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
- While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
- Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences.
Welcome back to school and please use caution when driving around school buses.