School is officially back in session all across the country. This means school buses are once again a common sight on roadways. School buses are the safest ways for children to travel to and from school; however, to keep it that way, there are some important school bus safety rules we all need to follow.
One of the most important ways to ensure the safety of bus riders is by obeying traffic laws that indicate drivers must stop for school buses while loading or unloading children. It may feel like an inconvenience, especially if you’re running late, but imagine if the children getting on or off the bus were your children.
Here in Florida, drivers are always required to stop for a school bus with its lights flashing, no matter which direction you are travelling. The one exception is if you are driving on a divided highway with at least five feet of unpaved space, a median, or barrier between you and the road with the school bus.
However, even with this law in place, there are still frequent violations. Every year, the Florida Department of Education has bus drivers complete a survey indicating how many drivers failed to stop. In 2015, that number was over 10,000, and that was just the results from the survey.
Earlier this year, a teen was struck and killed by a driver who failed to stop for a school bus that had its lights flashing and stop arm extended.
Here at Sun State Ford, we want to encourage all drivers to obey all traffic laws, especially when it comes to protecting our children.