This week, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the National School Bus Safety Week program, which was developed in partnership with the National Association for Pupil Transport and the National School Transportation Association.
The purpose of this program is to educate parents of school-aged children, as well as the motoring public, of the importance of driving safely around school buses. Each year, nearly tw0-thirds of all fatalities involving children and school buses happen when the child is getting onto or off of the school bus. Drivers must be diligent in looking for school buses and expecting children to be crossing roads even when the red lights on the school bus aren’t flashing!
It is especially important for drivers to know that when a school bus is stopped on an undivided highway, regardless of the number of lanes, that ALL LANES of traffic must stop and wait for the school bus to finish loading or unloading before proceeding carefully past. Some particular highways in Saline County where this applies are US Highway 70, US Highway 67 and US Highway 167.
Get more information at www.schoolbusfacts.com/safety.