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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

Stopping for School Buses

By the time this issue goes to print, summer will almost be over. Well, not according to the weather man but for those children like mine who eagerly count the days away as school approaches again.

It brings me to the topic of this article. As we approach the start of another school year, I wanted to remind everyone of the importance of stopping for school buses.

There are a few simple reminders on how to handle when or when not to stop;

1. If you are on anything less than a divided highway and the school bus warning lights are activated and the stop sign is out, then you must stop and remain stopped according to state code until all persons are clear of the highway, private road or school driveway and the bus is put into motion.

2. You need not to stop when approaching a school bus if the school bus is stopped on the other roadway of a divided highway, on an access road, or on a driveway when separated by a physical barrier or unpaved area (median).

3. Pay close attention to children who may suddenly appear from a stopped school bus, behind parked cars or blind spots associated with stopped buses.

4. Keep in mind that as a school bus approaches an intended stop that it will activate it’s yellow warning lights, this is a good indicator that a stop in pending and you should pay particular attention as you approach.

Pay very close attention during the first few weeks of school (and always) as both drivers and passengers get used to new bus stops and bus routes. I hope that everyone had a great summer and please keep those emails and comments coming to eric.flax@norfolk.gov; and as always, I look forward to “seeing you in the Green”.

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