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Time for a refresher on School Bus safety

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DEARBORN (WKZO) -- Do you remember what to do if you come up to a school bus that has stopped by the side of the road?

If its lights are flashing yellow, that means get ready to stop.

If they turn red, that means it’s stopped and you should stop too at a safe distance.

Susan Hiltz at AAA says it’s not to protect the bus, but to protect the children either running to get on the bus or glad to be finally getting off the bus in unpredictable ways.

It is really in your best interest to stop. State and local police are shadowing some buses as the school year begins.

Passing a stopped bus will mean a $200 fine and 3-points off your license.

It is also in your best interest to avoid collisions with school buses. They are designed to protect the children without regard to the safety of the driver of the vehicle that hits them.

They are high off the ground, at about your chin level and have a large mass. Because of the bus’s size, students inside may feel a bump as cars hit the bus, but they won’t usually be seriously injured.

Its not unusual for the driver of the vehicle that hits them to be seriously injured or killed. 

 

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