As part of National School Bus Safety Week, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Marion Post is reminding children and motorists to “Stop On Red”. National School Bus Safety Week runs October 16th through October 20th.
The familiar sight of school buses back on Ohio’s roadways signals the beginning of another school year. Throughout the entire school year, there are special concerns that need to be considered when sharing the roads with school buses.
This year’s theme, “Stop On Red”, reminds motorists that they are required to stop for stopped school buses, and be aware of students crossing the roadway. Motorists approaching from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus until the bus resumes motion. If a school bus is stopped on a road divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop.
Motorists can do their part by starting to think about school bus safety the moment their car is started. When backing out of a garage or driveway, watch for children walking to the school bus. Many times children who are walking or riding their bicycle are paying more attention to getting to school, and less attention to their safety.