FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana’s NewsCenter and the Indiana State Police would like to help remind drivers and students about school bus safety.
AT THE BUS STOP:
-Parents should put everything children carry in a backpack or school bag so items are not dropped or lost along the way.
-Always walk to the bus stop. Never run.
-Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.
-Always go to the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
-While at the bus stop, wait in a safe place away from the road. Do not run and play while waiting.
-Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Always go straight home and tell you parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up.
-Wait for the bus to arrive, watch for red flashing lights and the stop sign to be extended, and cross only when all traffic has stopped. Look left, right, and left again before crossing.
ON THE BUS:
-Go directly to a seat. Remain seated and facing forward for the entire ride.
Bus drivers are required to count students as they stop the bus and again as they board, to make sure everyone is accounted for.
-Talk quietly (so the driver will not be distracted).
-If you need to talk to the bus driver: wait for the bus to stop, raise your hand, and call the driver's name.
-Never throw things on the bus or out the windows. Never play with the emergency exits.
-Keep the aisles clear at all times.
-If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.
EXIT THE BUS:
-When getting off the bus make sure you walk (not run) three more steps away from the door. This is the best place to be around a bus. Stay away from the bus wheels and watch out for moving cars!
-Once you get off the bus, go straight home so an adult will know where you are.
-Only get on and off the bus at your designated stop. If you need to get off the bus somewhere else, you will need to have a note from your parents.
-If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you come back and they may begin moving the bus. Also, if you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so they will know where you are.
-Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the "Danger Zone" and where the driver can see you. Always cross the street in front of the bus. Never go behind the bus.
INDIANA LAW CONCERNING SCHOOL BUSES, FLASHING LIGHTS, AND STOP ARMS:
-When approaching a school bus which is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP.
-Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median are required to stop only if they are traveling the same direction as the school bus.
NACS Transportation Director, Tom North, says, "You want to be patient as you're driving through the additions. We can not move our schedule and our school bus stops - that is our schedule. If you're running into a lot of stops behind a bus, either leave a little bit earlier or leave a little bit later."
Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class A Infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000.
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