BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Wednesday, August 9, 2017:
Summer is winding down and for many, school starts back up this week and next. Over the summer, I am sure you noticed traffic has been less hectic and stressful.
This changes dramatically as schools re-open for the new school year. So, remember the following tips I am sharing from the National Safety Council that will help all our children arrive safely at school:
- If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.
- It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
- Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – or if it is stopped to load or unload children.
- If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
Maybe the most important of all is don't drive distracted. Put your phones away.
Safe travels everyone and welcome back to school. And kids, look on the bright side, though it might seem like forever, Christmas break is only 19 weeks away.
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