gives school bus safety tips
As schools begin this week, motorists will be contending with more
traffic on the roadways. Buses will be picking up students in the
early morning hours and again will be on the roadways in the afternoons
as they bring them home.
Also, there will be an increase in traffic around the school areas
as many students drive, and teachers and other staff come into the
The Indiana State Police remind motorists to exercise caution when
traveling in the morning and afternoon and to be on the watch for
buses. Motorists should be alert in case a child darts out into
the roadway. Traffic must stop in both directions for the extended
arm on the school bus. This includes all traffic in all lanes in
both directions on multi-lane roadways, unless there is a physical
barrier, a median, or a dividing section constructed to impede vehicular
Police encourage parents to go over the following safety rules,
especially those riding the bus for the first time:
Dont run around or play games at the bus stop.
Stand well away from the roadway until the bus comes to a
If your child must cross the street to board the bus, urge
them to make sure traffic in both directions has stopped before
stepping into the roadway.
A child should never try to retrieve any article they may
drop boarding or exiting the bus.
Children should secure loose drawstrings and other objects
that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are
Once on the bus the children should talk quietly.
Keep isles clear and remain seated until the bus arrives
at its destination.
Anyone who observes a motorist disregarding a school bus stop arm
or other reckless driving behavior around buses or school zones
should try to get a license plate number and description of the
vehicle and driver if possible and call their nearest Indiana State
Police Post, according to Sgt. Noel Houze, who is the public information
officer for the Versailles District.