York County Sheriff’s Office gives safety tips for school zones and buses | Schools
YORK COUNTY, SC – The 2012 – 2013 school year will begin in York County on August 22. With school in session, there will be significantly more traffic. Pedestrians, bicyclists, buses and parents all contribute to school zone congestion.
Most schools in York County are faced with traffic issues such as drivers double parking, speeding, making unsafe U-turns, aggressive driving and more. To help minimize this problem, the York County Sheriff’s Office will increase patrols in these areas during the first two weeks to help make the roadways safer for the traveling public.
Motorists should exercise a heightened awareness in and around a school zone. Potential driving hazards are much easier to perceive when driving at or below the school zone speed limit. The York County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following tips to help make our school zones safer and improve traffic safety.
Follow these simple suggestions to help make school zones safer for everyone:
- Don’t speed.
- Don’t impede traffic by dropping children off in the middle of the street.
- Don’t double park.
- Don’t block intersections or driveways if you park your vehicle.
- Don’t make U-turns.
- Always make sure that your children are wearing seatbelts when transporting them to and from school.
- Allow plenty of time for travel.
Special attention must also be paid to buses displaying flashing red lights when on an undivided two-lane roadway. When and when not to stop for a school bus:
- Drivers must always stop when they are traveling behind a bus with flashing amber or red lights, regardless of whether the road has two, four or more lanes.
- Driver also must stop when approaching a stopped school bus from the opposite direction on a two-lane road.
- On a four-lane (or more) highway, drivers approaching a stopped school bus from the front do not have to stop. However, those drivers should slow down and proceed with caution.
- State law also requires school districts to ensure that students boarding or exiting a bus don't have to cross a road with four or more lanes.
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