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School Bus Safety- A Shared Responsibility

 

School Bus Safety- A Shared Responsibility

By Thomasine Hassell, Director of Transportation

School Safety

In a hurry? Why worry? The reason to worry is because each day in Craven County over 7,000 students are boarding buses, oblivious most times to the hustle and bustle of their very hasty surroundings. From 18-wheelers whirring by to car- pooling moms rushing to get the kids to school. Many times, citizens have to quiz themselves as to whether or not to stop for a stopped school bus. Let’s put this to rest so we can protect the safety of our precious cargo. It’s a shared responsibility.

             In honor of school bus safety week please take into consideration some helpful reminders when sharing the road with school buses:

 

Times to Stop:

  • Two-lane roadway--When a school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from BOTH DIRECTIONS must stop.
  • Two-lane roadway with a center turning lane--- When a school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from BOTH DIRECTIONS must stop.
  • Four-lane roadway without a median- When a school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from BOTH DIRECTIONS must stop.

 

Times to Proceed when you are traveling in the OPPOSITE direction of the bus:

  • Divided highway of four lanes or more WITH A MEDIAN SEPARATION- When school bus stops for passengers, only traffic FOLLOWING THE BUS must stop.
  • Roadway of four lanes or more WITH A CENTER TURNING LANE- When a school bus stops for passengers, only traffic FOLLOWING THE BUS must stop.

             When we fail to take the time to stop for those big yellow buses, we are putting many lives at risk. We all play a role in the safety of our school age children as they are being transported to and from school. Make your role a responsible one by yielding to buses when the stop arm is extended and flashing red lights are displayed. You can also report violators to law enforcement officials.

 

For more information about school bus safety, you can visit ncbussafety.org.