Fire Dept. Gives School Bus Safety Advice to Drivers

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August 16, 2013

The school year has started for a few counties in Central Va, which means school buses are out on the roads. Now, the Charlottesville Fire Dept. wants drivers to be aware of kids at the bus stop.

When you are heading out for work in the mornings be aware of school buses as well as school bus stops. The fire dept. is asking drivers to obey the speed limits in school zones and keep a look out for children crossing the roads.

Drivers should also maintain a safe distance when driving behind school buses and be aware that the yellow flashing lights mean the bus is coming to a stop, while the red flashing lights mean children are getting on and off that big yellow taxi.

Parents play a big role in bus stop safety as well and should remind their children to not play in the street while waiting for the bus to arrive.

Instead, they should line up facing the bus, not along the side of it and they should also move to the side walk as soon as they get off the bus. Children should wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street.

“The main concern is that the parents make sure that the children know to stay in their seats while the bus is moving, that they are not screaming, throwing anything,” says Bonnie Jones, bus driver for Charlottesville City Schools. “Making sure they are keeping their hands to themselves, and not hitting other students, that is basically our main issue on the bus.”

“We want drivers to be very aware that their morning routine might change a bit,” says Bat. Chief Rich Jones from the Charlottesville Fire Dept. “There's going to be more children on the street with parents waiting to go to school, traffic might be a little heavier, so we want them to be vigilant.”

“As they approach bus stop, be aware that children may dart out into the street unexpectedly waiting for the school bus,” explains Jones.

School starts on august 21st for Charlottesville and Albemarle Co. Nelson, Fluvanna, and Louisa county schools started earlier this week.

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