|Motorists Urged To Follow School Bus Safety Laws As Students Head Back To Class|
|By Deputy Chief Jeffrey Huggins|
|September 4, 2018|
** Article taken from the Maryland State Police Website **
August 31, 2018
Troopers are reminding motorists to be on alert for school buses and not to ignore the red flashing lights when a bus is stopped. Those caught breaking the law by police can cost a driver a $570 fine and a three-point penalty on their driver’s license.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2007 to 2016, there were 281 school-age children killed in school transportation-related crashes: 58 were occupants of school transportation vehicles, 116 were occupants of other vehicles, 98 were pedestrians, eight were pedalcyclists and one was another non-occupant. Also, more school-age pedestrians were killed from 6 to 7 a.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. than any other hour of the day, according to the NHTSA.
The Maryland Highway Safety Office has compiled the following tips for sharing the road safely with school buses:
When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
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