Back To School Driving Safety
Aug 30, 2017 05:27AM ● Published by Theresa Gilman
As the kids head back to school this Fall, the RMV would like to remind drivers of the importance of the traffic safety rules regarding pedestrians and school buses.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reminds drivers of the following safe driving tips:
- When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
- When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
- Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
- Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
- Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Learn and obey the school bus laws*, as well as the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
- Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
- Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
*If Massachusetts drivers fail to stop when a bus is loading and unloading passengers, you will be subject to a ticket of up to $250, or a fine up to $2,000 and a license suspension of up to a year for subsequent offenses.