School Bus Safety Tips

The Nassau County Police Department shared some tips on school bus safety:

  • The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus
  • Most fatalities are children between five and seven years old because they are in a hurry to get on the bus and assume motorists will are all stopping for them
  • Many drivers illegally pass stopped school buses
  • Some students cross in front or behind school buses in the drivers’ “blind spots”

Students riding the bus should:

  • Arrive at the bus stop early so they do not have to run to board the vehicle
  • Stand at least ten feet away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop
  • Never try to get on the bus until it comes to a complete stop and opens the door
  • Be extra careful when wearing loose clothing or bringing along bags with straps that can get caught in the doors or handrails
  • Walk in front of the bus, not behind it
  • Always make sure the bus driver can see you
  • Look both ways before crossing (look twice)
  • If someone drops something near the bus, leave it or less the driver know
  • Sit in the seats and face forward, do not stand
  • Do not distract the driver and do not make loud noises
  • Do not stick anything out the windows

Motorists should:

  • Always stop for school buses with flashing lights
  • Vehicles on all sides of a bus are supposed to stop, even if on a four-lane highway
  • Watch out for children near schools
  • If you see children near the street, slow down


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