Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
Red flashing lights and extended stop arm indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they start driving again.
When driving in neighborhoods and especially in school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
Be alert and ready to stop. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
School Bus Safety Tips of Bus Riders
Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
Running to catch the bus is dangerous and can lead to injuries.
When the bus approaches, stand at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver nods that it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.
If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the driver can see you and you can see the bus driver when crossing the street. Stop at the edge of the bus and look left-right before crossing.
Use the handrails to avoid falls. When getting off the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags and backpacks with straps don’t get caught in the handrails or door.
Never walk behind the bus.
Walk at least five giant steps away from the side of the bus.
If you drop something near the bus, tell the driver. Never try to pick it up, because the driver might not be able to see you.