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SCHOOLS ARE BACK IN SESSION NEXT WEEK AND THE BERRIEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WANTS YOU TO KNOW THE LAWS FOR SCHOOL BUSES. PASSING A SCHOOL BUS THAT IS LOADING OR UNLOADING STUDENTS IS PROHIBITED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE LAW REQUIRES MOTORISTS TO COME TO A COMPLETE STOP AT LEAST 20 FEET FROM A SCHOOL BUS WHENEVER A BUS IS STOPPED AND EMPLOYING THE USE OF ITS TWO RED FLASHING SIGNALS. THE DRIVER MAY PROCEED ONCE THE BUS RESUMES MOTION. SHERIFF BAILEY WISHES ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR!

TIPS FOR MOTORISTS

•           SLOW DOWN AND PREPARE TO STOP WHENEVER YOU SEE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS LIGHTS FLASHING.

•           THE LAW NOW REQUIRES MOTORISTS TO COME TO A COMPLETE STOP AT LEAST 20 FEET FROM A SCHOOL BUS WHENEVER A BUS IS STOPPED AND EMPLOYING THE USE OF ITS TWO RED FLASHING SIGNALS. THE DRIVER MAY PROCEED ONCE THE BUS RESUMES MOTION.

•           NEVER PASS A SCHOOL BUS WHEN CHILDREN ARE LOADING OR UNLOADING. THAT IS THE LAW!

•           REMEMBER THAT CHILDREN ARE UNPREDICTABLE IN THEIR ACTIONS.  TAKE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING IN A SCHOOL ZONE.

•           IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE THERE ARE NO SIDEWALKS, DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY.  BE MORE ALERT TO THE POSSIBILITY OF CHILDREN WALKING IN THE ROAD TO SCHOOL OR BUS STOP.

•           BE MORE AWARE OF CHILDREN PLAYING NEAR SCHOOL BUS STOPS.

•           TAKE EXTRA TIME TO LOOK FOR KIDS AT INTERSECTIONS, MEDIANS AND CURBS.

•           ENTER AND EXIT DRIVEWAYS AND ALLEYS SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY

•           REDUCE ANY DISTRACTIONS INSIDE YOUR CAR SO YOU CAN CONCENTRATE ON THE ROAD AND SURROUNDINGS. 

•           PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE – DON’T TALK OR TEXT WHILE DRIVING!

TIPS FOR STUDENTS

•           ALWAYS ARRIVE AT THE BUS STOP EARLY.

•           PRIOR TO BOARDING, WAIT UNTIL THE BUS HAS SOME TO A COMPLETE STOP, THE DOOR IS OPENED AND THE BUS DRIVER SAYS THAT IT’S OK TO BOARD.

•           ONCE ON BOARD PROCEED QUICKLY TO YOUR SEAT AND STAY SITTING UNTIL THE BUS ARRIVES AT YOUR SCHOOL OR OTHER DROP OFF LOCATION.

•           DO NOT MOVE AROUND ON THE BUS. 

•           ALWAYS WALK ON THE SIDEWALK WHEN PREPARING TO CROSS THE STREET NEAR A BUS.  MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH THE DRIVER SO THAT YOU ARE SURE HE OR SHE SEES YOU.

•           NEVER WALK BEHIND THE BUS OR STOP TOPICK SOMETHING UP WAIT UNTIL BUS HAS PULLED AWAY

•           IF YOU ARE WALKING BESIDE THE BUS, MAKE SURE YOU ARE AT LEAST 10 FEET (10 “GIANT” STEPS) AWAY.




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