Buses need at least 100-feet to stop and passing them when their amber lights and stop signs are out could result in a license suspension.
Do not text or talk on your cell phone while driving.
DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. Reduce speeds in and around school zones.
Stop for stop arms and red, flashing lights - This means a child is actively getting on or off a bus.
Distracted driving is one of the main reasons the Indiana State Police report for motorists failing to stop but knowing when to stop can be tricky.
State Troopers are encouraging other drivers to be considerate.
Children are the least predicable pedestrians and the most hard to see. Motorists should not attempt to pass the bus while it's stopped, but there are different rules for different roads.
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Students are urged to walk on the sidewalk to the bus stop, or if there is no sidewalk, to walk on the left facing traffic.
When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking.
Last year, there were 834 school bus related crashes in Kentucky, which included 3 deaths and 98 injuries. If possible, drop them off at a place where they do not have to cross the street.
Wait for OK to cross - Wait until the bus driver gives the OK sign or thumbs up to cross the street or get on the bus.
Kids: If riding your bike to school - ride single file in the bike lane.
While it may appear that kids in Mercer County are heading back to school somewhat early this year, students returned to school on the same date back in 2016, according to Teresa Russell, information specialist for the Mercer County Board of Education. "They have school and friends on their mind". One of the most common offenses committed is not stopping when buses load and unload students.