SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT SAFETY TIPS
STRANGER DANGER – PARENT TIPS
Parents can take steps to reduce abductions of children. It is important to talk with them about these dangers and teach specific skills to handle them. We offer these practical suggestions for parents.
PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS
STATE OF OHIO SCHOOL BUS LAW
Have you ever been unsure of when you are required to stop for a stopped school bus that is picking up or dropping off children? In spite of the fact that school buses are a frequent and highly visible presence on the streets and highways, many drivers do not understand the basic elements of the law regarding stopped school buses. If you fail to stop for a bus when required, you can receive a citation for the violation. Conversely, stopping in the roadway when not required can cause an accident because drivers with knowledge of the law will not be expecting your vehicle to stop. By taking a few minutes to learn the basic points of the law, you will be able to operate your vehicle confidently and legally.
If a school bus is stopped to pick up or drop off children on a street or road that has fewer than four lanes (3 lanes or less), all traffic traveling in either direction must stop. A vehicle approaching the bus from either direction must stop at least 10 feet away from the bus. The bus will not resume driving until the children have safely reached the side of the road that their residence is located on. All vehicles must stay stopped until the bus has starting moving again, or the bus driver signals for traffic to proceed.
If a school bus is stopped to pick up or drop off children on a street or road that has four or more lanes, only traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop. Traffic traveling in the opposite direction does not have to stop. The bus driver must pick up or drop off children on their residence side of the roadway. The bus driver will activate the red flashing lights each time a bus is stopped to receive or drop off children.
School bus drivers must stop at every railroad crossing to look and listen for any approaching trains. The bus driver will activate the hazard lights (i.e. four way flashers) at all railroad crossings. The traffic traveling in the opposite direction does not have to stop for a school bus that is stopped at a railroad crossing. Traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus does not have to stop as long as that side is two or more lanes wide. Traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop if it is operating in the only lane traveling in that direction.
If you fail to stop for a stopped school bus, the bus driver can report your license plate number and description of your vehicle to the local law enforcement agency, which will conduct an investigation and issue a citation for the violation. If you receive a citation you must appear in court, and you may receive a fine up to $500.00 and a maximum one-year license suspension.
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