After a boy in Newtown was struck by a passing car upon exiting his school bus, as reported by Newtown Patch, residents are pleading with motorists to remember that school is back in session and to be very careful around schools and school buses.
Motorists are required by Pennsylvania state law to stop a minimum of 10 feet away from school buses that have their stop arm extended and red lights flashing. On roads with multiple lanes, vehicles that are driving alongside a bus that’s making a stop must stop as well.
For students and parents, Pennsylvania’s Traffic Safety Center offers the following tips to promote school bus safety:
- Arrive at the bus stop early and never run across the street to catch a bus.
- Stay away from traffic. Leave at least five huge steps between the curb and yourself while waiting for the bus.
- Never chase after the school bus once it has already left.
- Never push anyone when boarding or exiting the bus.
- Leave plenty of space, at least 10 feet, when walking across the front of the bus so the driver can see you.
- Don’t step onto the road until the school bus has stopped all traffic.
- Always stay in your seat when the bus is moving.
- Always obey the bus driver’s instructions regarding safety.
- Never play with or block the emergency exits with backpacks, bags, etc.
- When exiting the bus, be certain that all loose objects, including drawstrings are tucked away or fastened so they don’t become caught in the door or the handrail.
- Always cross the street in front of the school bus.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact the school bus accident attorneys in Pennsylvania with Anapol Weiss at 1-866-735-2792 for a complimentary consultation.