Bus Drivers Prepare for Back to School

Emilio Banks
August 12, 2017

Even though there is a bit of work involved, Davenport says driving school buses is a rewarding experience.

Maintain a safe distance - When you see the yellow-amber lights, this means a bus is approaching a bus stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate the school bus is stopping to load or unload children.

These rules are a matter of life and death.

In order to be a bus driver for the Fayetteville School District, you first have to get your Class "B" CDL or Commercial Drivers License.

Drivers who illegally pass a school bus and are seen by law enforcement can be pulled over and issued a moving violation.

Indiana State Police is keeping a close eye on schools, too.

MOTORISTS: In Minnesota, motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.

"It is evident that motorists are not aware all the lanes must stop for a school bus stop arm if there isn't a physical barrier for a median", said Puckett.

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But once drivers are on Veterans Parkway, which has a grass median, they must stop only for a bus going in their direction.

One recent report concludes that traveling by school bus has been proved to be the safest form of travel for students, who are at greater risk while traveling in private vehicles, especially those operated by teen-aged drivers.

TPSD transportation officials urge bus drivers and drivers in other vehicles to be particularly cautious during loading and unloading.

Some Dallas school trustees said such shortages are unacceptable. "Please remind your students drivers of the speed limits as well".

According to a spokeswoman with First Student, the transportation company used by Wichita Public Schools, the "Child Check-Mate System" has been helpful.

Barr-Reeve has also added some new stops along CR 900E, better known as the Odon/Cannelburg Road, of which motorists should take note.

Wait for OK to cross - Wait until the bus driver gives the OK sign or thumbs up to cross the street or get on the bus.

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