School Bus Safety
National Safety Council
some 22 million students nationwide, the
school day begins and ends with a trip on a
school bus. Unfortunately, each year many
children are injured and several are killed
in school bus incidents.
Although drivers of all vehicles are
required to stop for a school bus when it is
stopped to load or unload passengers,
children should not rely on them to do so.
The National Safety Council encourages
parents to teach their children these rules
for getting on and off the school bus.
Rules for getting
on and off the school bus
Getting on the school bus
When waiting for the bus, stay away from
traffic and avoid roughhousing or other
behavior that can lead to carelessness.
Do not stray onto streets, alleys or
Line up away from the street or road as
the school bus approaches.
Wait until the bus has stopped and the
door opens before stepping onto the
the hand rail when stepping onto the
Behavior on the bus
When on the bus, find a seat and sit
down. Loud talking or other noise can
distract the bus driver and is not
Never put head, arms or hands out of the
Keep aisles clear -- books or bags are
tripping hazards and can block the way
in an emergency.
Before you reach your stop, get ready to
leave by getting your books and
your stop, wait for the bus to stop
completely before getting up from your
seat. Then, walk to the front door and
exit, using the hand rail.
Getting off the school bus
you have to cross the street in front of
the bus, walk at least ten feet ahead of
the bus along the side of the road,
until you can turn around and see the
Make sure that the driver can see you.
Wait for a signal from the driver before
beginning to cross.
When the driver signals, walk across the
road, keeping an eye out for sudden
not cross the center line of the road
until the driver has signaled that it is
safe for you to begin walking.
Stay away from the bus' rear wheels at
Correct way to cross the street
Children should always stop at the curb
or the edge of the road and look left,
then right, and then left again before
They should continue looking in this
manner until they are safely across.
students' vision is blocked by a parked
car or other obstacle, they should move
out to where drivers can see them and
they can see other vehicles -- then
stop, and look left-right-left again.
Learn and follow School Bus Stop
exist to protect children getting on
and off the bus AND protect you from
a tragedy. Check with your school or
police department for more
information on your state's laws.
Here are some rules:
Vehicles must stop when the bus
displays flashing red warning lights
and extends the stop signal arm (B).
Vehicles may not pass until the
flashing red lights and signals are
Vehicles traveling in the
same direction as the bus
are always required to stop. In some
states, vehicles moving in the
on a divided roadway are also
required to stop.
Never pass on the right side of the
bus, where children enter or exit.
This is illegal and can have tragic
Violation of these laws can result
in a citation and fine. In many
places, school bus drivers can
report passing vehicles.
Department of Vehicles
Driver's Handbook Regarding School
school buses and children
crossing the street.
Some school buses flash yellow lights when
preparing to stop and let children
off the bus. The yellow flashing
you to slow down and prepare to
stop. When the bus flashes red
lights (located at the top front and
back of the bus), you must stop from
either direction until the children
are safely across the street and the
lights stop flashing.
The law requires you to remain stopped as long as the red
lights are flashing (VC
If you fail to stop, you may be
fined up to $1000 and your driving
privilege could be suspended for one
year. If the school bus is on the
other side of a divided or multilane
(two or more lanes in each
direction) highway, you do not need