Uniontown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of
Transportation (PennDOT) wants to remind motorists of the School Bus Stopping
Law and their responsibilities as motorists.
Each day, 1.5 million
children are transported to school on Pennsylvania roads, traveling
approximately 400 million miles on school buses each year.
“Every year, children
are needlessly injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses,” said
PennDOT Assistant District Executive-Design Rachel Duda. “Our children’s safety
is in your hands. Please slow down, pay attention, and follow the law, especially
in school zones and around school buses.”
Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law:
When you meet or overtake a
stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended,
When you approach an
intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing
and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.
You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away
from the school bus.
You MUST WAIT until the red lights have
stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.
DO NOT MOVE until all the children have
reached a place of safety.
To further promote safety, school vehicles may be
equipped with a yellow flashing or revolving light.
If you are convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s
School Bus Stopping Law, you will receive all the following penalties:
60-Day Driver’s License
Five (5) points on your driving
$250 Fine (If a school bus is
equipped with a side stop arm enforcement system and you pass a school bus
with its red lights flashing, you could receive a $300 fine in the mail.)
Annually, more than 700 drivers are convicted for
passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.
For more information on school bus
safety, visit www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.
PennDOT’s media center
offers resources for safety organizations, community groups, or others who
share safety information with their stakeholders. Social-media-sized graphics
highlighting topics such as school
bus safety can be found online in PennDOT’s
Motorists can check
conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter
conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com.
511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay
warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than
1,000 traffic cameras.
511PA is also
available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by
calling 5-1-1, or by following
regional Twitter alerts.
Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic
alerts in Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties at www.PennDOT.gov/District12.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Maczko, 724-439-7340 or email@example.com
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