Where is the Danger Zone?
The Danger Zone for a school bus is the are 10 feet around the bus.
The two most dangerous places are:
Front of the bus
Right rear tire area
Please talk to your child about the following safety rules:
Avoid the danger zone around the bus.
Don't try to pick up something dropped near the bus - the bus driver might not see you.
Remember that some motorists don't always stop for a stopped school bus.
Be careful whenever getting on or off the bus.
What do the Warning Lights Mean?
- Alternating flashing amber (yellow) lights are to be used to warn motorist that the bus is stopping to take on or to discharge passengers.
- Alternating flashing red lights are to be used to inform motorists that the bus is topped on the roadway to take on or discharge passengers.
- Stop arm shall be oeprated simultaneously with flashing red signal lights. A white flashing strobe light, indivuidually switched, may be used, when unfavorable atomospheric conditions or time of day limit visibility (i.e., fog, rain, snow, darkness).
- Four-way hazard lights shall be activated at railroad crossings and turn-arounds unless prohibited by local ordinance.
- Headlights should be actuated during operation of the school bus.
School bus safety is a team effort. ---- Nothing is more precious than a child's life.
Why It Takes So Long at Bus Stops
Safety Procedures Are Required By State Law
The safety of the children, as they are transported to and from school and school-related events, is our highest priority.
At bus stops state law requires drivers to follow these procedures:
- Check mirrors for traffic conditions and apply brakes well in advance to warn traffic from the rear.
- Actuate warning lights 300 feet prior to stop.
- Stop bus at designated stop.
- Set parking brake.
- Place the gear shift lever into neutral gear for both manual and automatic transmissions to prevent the bus from lunging forward.
- Open service door to actuate the warning lights and place hand over horn to warn students of potential hazards.
- Give students directions to go to their Designated Place of Safety and stay there until the bus leaves or signal students to board the bus from their Designated Place of Safety.
- Shift the gear lever into the starting gear, only after counting and confirming the students are in their Designated Place of Safety or safely in their seat.
- Look to identify students and potential hazards in the danger zone, counting and checking the mirrors, before closing the door and canceling the warning lights.
- Close the door when all areas are clear. Door must be closed before the bus moves.
- Release the parking brake after closing the door.
- Recheck traffic in the right and left side mirrors prior to pulling away.
Modifications of these procedures may be necessary for preschool, kindergarten, and special needs students.
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.
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 a law enforcement agency, and an investigation
will be conducted to identify the driver
for inforcement purposes.
Penalties for not obeying these rules could
cost you up to $500
and a maximum 1-year
suspension of your driver's license.
Bus Stop Location
Ohio Law: 3301-83-13
- Pupils in grades kindergarten through eight may be required to walk up to one-half mile to a designated bus stop.
- School bus stop locations shall provide for the maximum safety of pupils giving consideration to distance from residence, traffic volume, physical characteristics, visibility and weather conditions.
- School bus stops shall be established on the residence side of all four-lane highways and on the residence side of other roadways posing potential hazards to students as dertermined by school bus owners.
- School bus stops shall be located at a distance from the crest of a hill or curve to allow motorists traveling at the posted speed to stop within the sight distance. If the line of sight is less than five hundred feet in either direction, an approved "school bus stop ahead" sign shall be installed at least five hundred feet in advance of the school bus stop.
- 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 dsignee.
- Each pupil shall be assigned a residence side designated places 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.