Last week we talked about what the law says about stopping for school buses. This week let’s discuss children in and around these buses.
Every child riding a school bus will have to board the bus and get off the bus at sometime during the day. This means they could possibly be crossing the streets in front of you. Here are some tips to make sure the children get safely to and from school:
1. Drivers should not block the crosswalk at a red light or while waiting to make a turn. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and could put them in the path of another vehicle.
2. In a school zone when warning flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield to the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
3. Always stop when directed by a school patrol sign, a crossing guard, or a patrol officer.
4. Do not honk your horn or rev your engine to rush or scare a pedestrian, even if you have the legal right-of-way.
Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.