Students are headed back to the classroom and keeping them safe should always be top-of-mind. Here is Pittsgrove Township students can be walking along the roadway, riding a bicycle or waiting for their school bus but we ask all motorists to be alert for the children. Here are some rules of the road regarding school bus safety:
STOP FOR SCHOOL BUSES
Students who are returning to in-person learning may rely on school buses to get them to and from school safely.
Did You Know: School buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries; and in every state, stop-arm laws exist to protect children from other motorists.
If you are driving, remember these simple rules:
• Yellow flashing lights on a school bus mean slow down — don’t speed up — because the bus is preparing to stop. There are likely students waiting to get on the bus or parents waiting nearby to pick up children.
• Red flashing lights mean stop — and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus — because children are getting on or off the school bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.
• Even when lights aren’t flashing, watch for children, particularly in the morning or mid-afternoon, around school arrival and dismissal times. Be alert as you back out of a driveway, or drive through a neighborhood, school zone or bus stop.