What Should You Do When Approaching Any School Bus That Is Stopped For The Purpose of Receiving Or Discharging School Children?
- If a bus is stopped on a street or road that has fewer than four lanes, all traffic proceeding in either direction must stop.
- If a bus is stopped on a street or road that has four or more lanes, only traffic proceeding in the same direction as the bus must stop.
- You must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
If you fail to stop for a school bus, your error will not go unnoticed. Bus drivers will report the license plate number of any vehicle that fails to comply with the law to enforcement agency, and an investigation will be conducted to identify the driver for enforcement purposes.
Penalties for not obeying these rules could cost you up to $500 and a maximum 1-Year suspension of your driver's license.
SIGNAL FOR SAFETY
Motorists around school buses need to know the signals and the laws that concern school buses to help keep children safe:
- Do not pass a school bus that has red alternating flashing lights on. This is the signal that the bus is stopped to load or unload children. Traffic should not move until the bus resumes motion or the driver signals traffic to proceed.
- When a bus has alternating flashing amber (yellow) lights on, it is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Be ready to stop and watch for children in the roadway.
Parents . . . are very important in helping keep children safe on the school bus. Here are some ways in which parents can help:
- Review the safety rules with children. Help them to understand why each rule is important.
- Dress children in light colored clothing or jackets on dark mornings.
- Help children to be ready at the stop before their bus arrives.
- Take turns supervising bus stops for smaller children.
Bus Drivers . . . help to keep children safe in a number of ways:
- Drivers watch surrounding traffic closely to keep school children safe.
- Drivers will signal to children that need to cross the street only when traffic has stopped.
- In case an emergency, vehicle approaches while loading and unloading, the driver will get the children to a place of safety until the emergency vehicle passes.
Cell phone use, texting and other hand held electronic devices: (3301-83-20)
(M) Except in cases of extreme emergency, cellular telephones, including hands-free and wireless devices, or other portable communication devices shall not be used by the driver while the school bus is in motion or while the driver is supervising the loading or unloading of students.
Students should also be advised by parents, teachers and bus drivers not to use cell phones or electronic devices when loading or unloading or when they may become a distraction to their own or others' safety.
Students need to remain free of distractions when crossing the street or waiting for the bus to arrive where traffic could be a hazard.
OHIO LAW: 3301-83-13 School Bus Stops
(B) School bus stop location
- (1) Pupils in grades kindergarten through eight may be required to walk up to one-half mile to a designated bus stop.
- (3) School bus stops shall be established on the residence side of other roadways posing potential hazards to students as determined by school bus owners.
- (5) Each pupil shall be assigned and required to use a specific school bus stop except in unusual circumstances as approved by the school bus owner or designee.
- (6) Each pupil shall be assigned a residence side designated place of safety. Driver must account for each pupil at designated place of safety before leaving. Pupils are not to proceed to their residence until the school bus has departed.