With school officially back in session for everyone by now, you are likely seeing school buses, bicyclists, and students walking to and from school every day. This means all drivers need to be extra cautious, especially before and after school.
Here are a few tips for back to school safety to help you and those around you stay safe.
- All drivers are required to stop while a bus is stopped for loading and unloading, no matter which direction you are travelling. The only exception is if you’re driving on a highway with four or more lanes that uses at least two lanes per direction. In this instance, you do not have to stop for a school bus if you are driving in the opposite direction of the bus.
- Here in Illinois, if you violate these rules and are convicted, your driving privileges will be suspended for three months for the first offense and one year for the second. You will also be subject to fines of $150 for the first offense and $500 for a second.
When driving near schools, be sure to observe any lowered speed limits for school zones—typically 20 mph. Also, if you are stopped at a stop sign or red light, be sure you are not blocking any crosswalks—this would force walkers to go around you and could send them into traffic.
Even if you have the right-of-way, you need to yield to all pedestrians. And, never honk or rev your engine at a pedestrian to scare them.
If we all just remember to keep our heads up when driving around schools, students, and buses, we can all help to avoid any accidents.