Be aware of school bus danger zones

As children return to school, local authorities encourage parents to remind children about safety while waiting for the bus and walking to school.

“The beginning of school is a time when children are at an increased risk of transportation-related injuries,” stated Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper Geno Basanese. “To reduce the chance of such incidents occurring, we encourage parents to educate their kids about the proper behavior around a bus.”

While entering and exiting school buses, children must be aware of the School Bus Danger Zones, which extend 10 feet from the bus in all directions.

When leaving the bus, children should walk 10 feet away from the bus before turning.

Children crossing in front of the bus should move forward away from the bus until they can make eye contact with the driver. They should never cross without the driver’s permission.

Some other school safety tips include:

– Have a safe place to wait for the bus, away from traffic and the street.

– Do not run or play while waiting for the bus.

– Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver. Never go behind the bus.

– Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.

– Walk to the bus stop with a buddy.

– Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard. Never cross a street against a light, even if you don’t see any traffic coming.

– Do not talk to strangers. Tell your parents if a stranger tries to talk to you.

– Never leave with a stranger or get into a stranger’s vehicle.

Motorists, in turn, are reminded to treat school bus lights like traffic signals.

When a school bus’ overhead lights are flashing yellow, motorists should prepare to stop.

When its overhead lights are flashing red, motorists must stop.

When a bus’ hazard lights are flashing, motorists should proceed with caution.

Motorists should also slow down in or near school and residential areas and watch for children emerging from between parked cars and other objects.