Within the past recent years, parents and police have been increasingly monitoring school buses and the drivers who ignore traffic laws. Disregarding these rules have led to injuries and even deaths. These laws are necessary to protect children and drivers because school buses are large, slow, have multiple blind spots, and are difficult to maneuver.
How To Keep Your Children Safe
School buses typically pick children up in the early hours of the morning at the corner of a neighborhood street. Oftentimes, it’s still dark out. Open communication with your child is key to explain the dangers of walking outside so early in the morning without adult supervision. When you can, you should always walk with your children to the bus stop, but it has become quite common for children to walk alone. When your children walk alone, make sure you tell them to:
- Always walk on the sidewalk and stay off the road
- Wear reflective clothing and use flashlights in the dark
- Keep a fully-charged phone on them at all times
- Watch out for vehicles that might not be paying attention
- Stay in the street lights as often as possible
One school bus law is to stop whenever a school bus’s stop signs are out. This is an indication that children are either boarding or leaving the bus and therefore will be near the road. Drivers are required to stop behind the bus, even when the bus is pulled to the side or there is room to pass.
It might be tempting to rush and go around a school bus, but you never know when a child might jump out of nowhere into the middle of the road. Unfortunately, drivers over the years have been ignoring these laws and often pass school buses. This had led to accidents that could have easily been avoided if the drivers had simply followed the law.
Parents, police, news outlets, and school districts have realized that people are breaking these laws and have been making efforts to stop these offenses by monitoring school buses:
- Parents: Parents now often walk with or drive their children to bus stops. When parents see a violation, many also video-record it to show the authorities and bring awareness to other parents.
- Police: Police often park near school buses and school zones as a warning and to pull over drivers cutting off, driving around, and speeding near school buses when they clearly have stop signs out.
- The Media: News outlets have also picked up on these multiple infractions and often broadcast it. Occasionally, reporters will film right at the bus stops to show proof of drivers breaking the law.
- School Districts: Many school buses now have cameras installed to record traffic violations to show police and find ways to make school buses safer.
No matter how much of a hurry you might be in, you should always follow your state and county’s road regulations not only to protect yourself, but also the people around you, other drivers, and passengers. If you are ever in a vehicle accident, you need a personal injury attorney. Contact us today for a free initial consultation: (716) 907-7777.