TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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KSP Offers School Bus Safety Tips
Date of News Release: 08/06/2010
(Madisonville, Ky.) -- With school starting in the Post 2 District, the Kentucky State Police are urging motorists to be alert for loading and unloading school buses. Kentucky law requires that if any school or church bus used in the transportation of children is stopped upon a highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, with the stop arm and signal lights activated, the operator of a vehicle approaching from any direction shall bring his vehicle to a stop and shall not proceed until the bus has completed receiving or discharging passengers and has been put in motion. The stop requirement provided for in this section shall not apply to vehicles approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction upon a highway of four (4) or more lanes. Passing a loading/unloading school/church bus is a B misdemeanor for the first offense and an A misdemeanor for the second offense. Any person who violates this law will be subject to being cited or arrested.
Another concern is speeding in school zones. Be aware of the school zones in your area and remember to adjust your speed. Effective July 13, 2004, the fines have been doubled for speeding in a school zone where the speed limit has been lowered and flashing lights have been both installed and are flashing at the time.
The Kentucky State Police in Madisonville would like to remind parents of a few safety tips to make this school year safe for all.
Riding the Bus
School bus transportation is safe. In fact, buses are safer than cars! Each year though, many children are injured or killed in an incident involving a school bus. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn't occur in a crash, but as the pupils were entering and exiting the bus. Remember these safety tips:
- Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
- Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
- When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk 10 giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
- Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
- Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it's okay to approach.
- Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!
Walking and Biking to School
Even if you don't ride in a motor vehicle, you still have to protect yourself. Because of minimal supervision, young pedestrians face a wide variety of dangers while walking to and from school. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow:
- Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard -- never cross the street against a light, even if you don't see any traffic coming.
- Walk your bike through intersections.
- Walk with a buddy.
- Wear reflective material...it makes you more visible to street traffic.
Riding in a Car
- You might have heard before that most traffic crashes occur close to home ... they do.
- Safety belts are the best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash. They can lower your risk of injury by 45 percent.
- You are four times more likely to be seriously injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
- Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older children in seat belts, younger children in booster seats and little children in child safety seats.