Back To School- School Bus Safety Tips From The Pa. State Police

Date: September 4, 2014
Posted In: DLP Law

It’s back-to-school time. And it’s once again time for all of us to be alert for children and young adults on the streets and roadways as they return to classes. The Pennsylvania State Police website (  suggests  the following tips to insure a safe and accident-free school year:

School Bus Safety Tips

Students should remember:

• Never walk close to the front or sides of the bus. The bus driver may not be able to see you.

• When crossing the street to get onto the bus, always look left, then right, then left again.

• If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up until you tell the bus driver.  Otherwise, he or she may not see you.

• Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says it is okay to board before stepping onto the bus.

• Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger.  Always go straight home and tell you parents or guardian if a stranger tries to talk to you or offers you a ride.

Motorists should remember:

• Yellow flashing lights on the bus indicate the bus is getting ready to stop and load or unload.  You need to slow down and get ready to stop.

• Red flashing lights and a stop signal arm indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off.  You must stop your vehicle at least 10 feet before reaching the school bus.  You may not proceed until the flashing red signal lights are no long activated.

• You can be fined $250 for each violation when improperly meeting or overtaking a school bus.  Additionally, a conviction will result in a 60-day driver’s license suspension and assessment of 5 points on the operator’s driving record.

• Please obey all posted speed limits; especially in school zones, where the penalties for speeding are enhanced.
Children walking to school or school buses stopping for children could slow down your morning or evening commute.  Adjust your driving schedule appropriately.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.