Fall means cooler weather, leaves turning colors … and kids of all ages crossing streets and boarding buses.
With most schools in Lower Bucks starting up next week, the Bucks County Transportation Management Association (TMA) is reminding motorists about the Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Law.
“School bus safety is clearly a high priority in Bucks County with several school districts in our area and hundreds of buses on our roads,” said TMA Bucks executive director Bill Brady in a statement this week.
“Students, parents, teachers, administrators, transportation personnel and the community all play important roles in keeping our children safe while on or around school buses.”
The law states that Motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus.
The only exception to the law is when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Even then, motorists should remain watchful of students trying to cross the road to catch the bus.
Penalties for not following the law include a $250 fine, five points on your driving record and a 60-day license suspension.
Read more about the law in this official release from PennDOT, which also advises drivers that “When in doubt, stop.”
TMA Bucks also reminds motorists to be extra cautious when approaching school bus stops, to always stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and to be alert and follow the posted 15 mile-per-hour speed limits in school zones.