As a trusted mode of transportation for students, school buses have been one of the safest ways to travel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the greatest risk associated with school buses lies in boarding and disembarking. To promote road safety, we at Demesmin and Dover Law Firm, as experienced accident attorneys, have gathered some tips to be shared with all.
School Bus Stop Signs
Regarding school bus stop signs, it is important to know the law. In Florida, all vehicles are required to stop when the school bus has its red lights flashing and the stop sign is displayed. If you are driving on a road with traffic in both directions or a highway separated by a median, all vehicles, including those traveling in the opposite direction, must come to a complete stop and remain so until all children have safely exited the bus and the arm has been withdrawn.
However, if you are driving on a highway separated by a raised barrier, the requirements are different. Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction are not required to stop, but must slow down and exercise caution.
Breaking any of these laws may result in a fine starting at $165. Thus, it is important to be informed and aware of the laws and regulations surrounding school bus stop signs to help keep our streets and children safe.
Tips to Keep the Kids Safe
Although school bus transportation continues to be a safe mode of transportation for children, it is important to keep in mind the potential dangers that arise when children are entering and exiting the bus. The following tips aim to ensure the safety of children and minimize the risks.
Children should always use the sidewalk when entering and exiting the bus. Avoid using the road as much as possible, as drivers may not always be aware of their surroundings.
Parents and caretakers should cross the road at a crosswalk or corner to reach the bus, instead of crossing in the middle of the street. Doing so is not only a risk to your child and your safety but it could also result in a jaywalking fine.
Children should look both ways before exiting the bus to ensure that no vehicles have passed the bus while it was stopped.
Drivers should always be attentive and be aware of children who may have wandered onto the road or fallen behind while exiting the bus.
Both drivers and children should be mindful of their surroundings and take proactive measures to ensure their safety.
By following these tips, we can help keep our roads safer for children.
At Demesmin and Dover Law Firm, our accident attorneys are dedicated to helping those who have been affected by accidents. We believe it is our duty to provide individuals with the knowledge and resources necessary to ensure the safety of our roads. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, we are here to help. Contact us at 866-954-MORE (6673) to speak with one of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.