The school season begins today, and it is important to remember that children can be come from anywhere, and drivers often become impatient if they are “stuck” behind a school bus that is picking up children.
In Connecticut, it is against state law to pass a stopped school bus with flashing red lights and the offense comes with a $465 fine, according to the DMV website. Parents and others also need to remember that they must observe the no-passing law when traveling near school buses in school driveways.
The DMV says motorists should:• Watch for children traveling to school when driving in neighborhoods with school zones. Children are unpredictable in their actions, and it is motorists’ responsibility to anticipate and prepare to react to what children may do.
• Drive slowly. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
• Watch for children playing and gathering near school bus stops.Students and parents can also protect themselves by following some rules, too. They should familiarize themselves with and observe the following rules:
• Be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
• When the bus approaches, stand at least 10 feet away from the edge of the road, and line up away from the street.
• Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it is okay before stepping on the bus.