Highway Patrol Reminds Motorists About School Bus Safety

  • 8/16/2019 3:41:26 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- Many local students have already gone back to school, which means that schools buses will be back out on the streets again.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers to practice safe driving around school buses.  Following school bus safety laws helps to keep children safe.

Drivers are not allowed to pass a school bus in either direction when the bus is stopped, the red lights are flashing, and the stop sign is extended on a one, two, or three lane road.

However, on roads with four or more lanes, only the traffic traveling in the same direction as the school bus is required to stop when the bus's red lights are flashing.

Trooper Doerfler with the Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to never risk a child's safety.  He advises giving school buses extra distance.

It is also advised that drivers allow for a longer travel time during school months.

"We love our kids," Trooper Doerfler said.  "We want them to grow up strong, and big and live their dreams out.  So, you have to look out for the children."

Violating school bus safety laws is a serious offense and requires you to appear in court. 

"During that court appearance they can suspend your license or impose a pretty hefty fine because it's serious.  It's for the safety of the children."

 

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