West Nipissing Police offer a few tips for School Bus Safety weekSunday, October 20, 2013 by: Kate AdamsWest Nipissing Police Service
In Ontario, over 800,000 children and teenagers ride safely, in over 18,000 school buses, each day. Studies show that school buses are the safest method for transporting young people – up to 22 times safer than passenger cars.
Ensuring the safety of students as they enter and exit the bus is crucial. Bus drivers are trained to be cautious, but we need help from parents and motorist to make sure they stop for school buses, as they load and unload children.
The law requires motorists to stop for a school bus anytime it has stopped to load or unload. In Ontario, buses display red flashing lights, and a stop sign is extended from the side of the bus, to alert motorists to stop.
Here are some safety tips for students as they get on and off the bus:
• Always remain in direct view of the bus driver;
• Always cross in front of the bus, but only when the bus driver signals it is safe to do so;
• Always follow the driver’s directions for how to cross the street;
• Stay a safe distance away from the curb while waiting for the bus, and then take at least 5 steps away when exiting the bus;
• Be alert to traffic and look both ways;
• Never try to get anything left on the bus after exiting;
• Never reach underneath the bus;
• Get to the bus stop in plenty of time.