With school starting this week, please be safe and courteous around school busses. Here are some tips from the Utah Department of Public Safety on how to drive around school buses.
First of all, slow down.
Watch for children – they can come from all directions, especially if they’re running late.
Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is preparing to stop, load or unload children. Therefore, drivers should slow down and prepare to stop.
Red flashing lights and extended stop arms mean the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off. Drivers must STOP and WAIT until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop arms are withdrawn and the bus begins moving again before they can continue driving.
When do drivers have to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights & stop arms?
DRIVERS MUST STOP
- On a two lane road when approaching from front or rear of the bus
- On a road with 3 or more lanes, with no median or physical barrier (i.e., just a double yellow line) when approaching from front or rear of the bus
- On a road with 3 or more lanes with a median or physical barrier when approaching from the rear of the bus (drivers coming from the front of the bus may proceed)
- On a road with 5 or more lanes and a center turn lane when approaching from the rear of the bus (drivers coming from the front of the bus may proceed)
Thank you for helping us make our roads safe for students and staff this school year.