BUS SAFETY FOR DRIVERS!
A MESSAGE FROM
A quarter million Alberta students start and end their day with a ride on a school bus. But children aren’t the only ones who need to be taught about school bus safety, because most injuries happen before or after the bus ride.
Motorists need to respect the flashing lights on a school bus, which create a safety zone for children around the vehicle, and are often the children's only defense when they get on or off the bus.
Motorists should remember the following when approaching a school bus:
· Watch out for alternating flashing amber lights, which means a school bus is slowing to stop where students will either be getting on or off the bus.
· Slow down and STOP when the school bus activates its alternately flashing red lights. This means you must stop whether you are approaching an oncoming bus or following one. The only exception to this rule is when the bus is on the opposite side of a two-way highway that is physically divided by a median.
· Proceed only when the red lights on the bus have stopped flashing.
· Watch for school buses loading and unloading children, even if the lights aren't flashing.
· Watch for children crossing the road.
When travelling in school and playground zones, drivers must pay attention to the posted signs. These areas in Rolling Hills have a speed limit of 30 km/hour from 8:00 a.m. until one hour after sunset SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
The fine for passing a school bus with its red lights flashing is $402 and six demerit points. This INCLUDES when buses are parked at the school (even though they are pulled off to the side of the road).
Drivers CANNOT make a U-TURN behind or in front of the buses. This is VERY dangerous and bus drivers are obligated to report you to the police and you WILL be charged.