Hi...since this is a genteral forum, here is a bit of education on the flashing lights on a school bus. Not the 4 way hazards, but the ones at the top.... Yellow alternate flashing...means the schoolbus is about to stop to pick up or deliver a student. It is not illegal to pass the bus when these are flashing, but do so with caution. REDS...These flash and also have a STOP sign swing arm... This is the same as a red light or a stop sign at an intersection. This means anyone in front of or behind the bus MUST stop to allow the passengers to get on or off the bus. You must remain stopped until the lights and arm go to the non flashing position, UNLESS the driver signals you to go ahead and go on. An example of this are special needs buses that require more time to strap down a wheelchair..the driver may signal you to pass the bus and continue on, but wait for the driver to do so...They will look you directly and give a signal to go on. Just a bit of FYI.... In Texas, the fine for running a schoolbus reds starts at 250.00 and goes up to 1000.00 some police have school bus red traps instead of speed traps.
Correct..if the highway is divided you do not have to stop...Yikes Ruffian....what state do you live in? Hoe do they control the traffic to allow the students safe passage? BTW I have a Dobie girl named Ruffian...because she is a Ruffian! Oh and cameras...yes some places have them, they are really expensive so they're used where the problem is severe enough to justify the cost
Yep thats what it means, I live in Canada, and it is only our municipality that they can not use them, and, to my knowledge there has not been a child killed here because of it either. The children are taught to wait until the bus leaves before crossing the street, and to only cross at a proper intersection. You also have to be at the bus stop to get your child if they are under 8 or 9 as well. Once they get to grade 9 they no longer use school busses either they are on city busses.
Interesting! And I'm glad no children have been hurt! That wouldn't work in the rural area where I live, as a lot of kids are going to/coming from the bus from across the street. If people didn't have to stop for and could pass a stopped school bus, there'd be a lot of kids getting hurt. Or maybe you all are more polite and stop behind a school bus without all the flashing lights and signs?
There is no real "rural" area here, the busses are not really able to pull over to the side of the road either, you have 80,000 people living in infrastructure designed for 40,000 and there are a lot of vehicles parked in the streets as a result. It works for us here, there are people who complain, and want the by-law changed, but thus far it has not been done. My son doesnt take the bus, but if he did the stop is at the end of our road so there would be no need to cross it.
Here If there is a schoolbus stopped and it has any red light flashing, you either stop at least 20 or so feet behind it or get a ticket for I believe its now $200.00!
I live off a dirt road and if I come down that road when the bus is in the distance either I am WAY ahead of the bus or I SIT and I do not mind at all. Too many children are hurt by anxious drivers. Nothing is worth 2 or 3 minutes.
You do not have an easy job SB gal, and I for one congratulate you, it takes someone special!!! Kids, parents, late kids, etc.
I said 100''s Because I was Watching The News and Lots Of Reports Came Saying Kids Died. I also Said Hundreds because The News Man Said more than 10 school bus Accidents Happened. That could leave to 100's Of Kids.
And here's another not so fun fact: The majority of children injured or killed by a schoolbus are in fact, injured or killed by the school bus that they ride. We had a pretty serious head on collision in the municipality I work at last week..hit head on by a Ford Explorer, both vehicles doing 40 MPH....amazing...everyone walked away from the accident, although one student had a minor head injury and the bus driver had a sprained wrist...no word on the other driver's possible injury...well, I'm not counting the bonk on the head from his insurance agent! The other vehicle swerved into the bus' path.....