SCHOOL BUSES ARE ON THE ROAD AGAIN! HERE'S WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SEE FLASHING LIGHTS ON A SCHOOL BUS!

PENNSYLVANIA'S SCHOOL BUS STOPPING LAW


Motorists:
• Must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
• Must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus in the opposite direction, or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
• Following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached a place of safety.
• Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
• If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails, or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
• IF IN DOUBT, STOP FOR THE FLASHING LIGHTS!


Penalties for violating Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law
• $250 fine
• Five points on your driving record
• 60-day driver's license suspension


When to Stop for School Buses


Additional Safety Tips for Parents & Students
• Get to the school bus stop five minutes early so you won't have to run across the road to catch the bus.
• When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic.  Line up at least five giant steps away from the curb or the roadway to wait for the bus.
• Never run after the school bus if it has already left the bus stop.
• Never push other people or roughhouse when getting on or off of the school bus.
• Always walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing so that the school bus driver can see you.
•Be aware — cross with care!  Wait until the school bus has stopped all traffic before stepping out onto the road.
• When the school bus is moving, always stay in your seat.  Never put your head, arms, or hands out of the window.
• Talk quietly; do not distract your school bus driver.
• If your school bus crosses railroad tracks, be calm and quiet so that your driver can listen for a train.  Always obey your school bus driver's instructions, so that they can make safe decisions.
• Never play with the emergency exits.  Backpacks, band instruments, or sports equipment cannot block the aisle or emergency exits.  If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.
• When getting off of the school bus, make sure that all drawstrings and other loose objects are secure so that they don't get caught on the handrail or the door.
• Never cross the street behind the school bus.
• If you leave something on the bus or drop something outside of the bus, never go back for it.  The driver may not see you and begin moving the bus.
•Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger.
 


SEE BELOW FOR TWO PDF FACT SHEETS FOR MORE INFORMATION.  HERE'S TO A SAFE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!

MEDIA POST CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentinom@manheimtownshippolice.org