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Refresher: School Bus Basics

School is back in session, which means school buses are back on the roads and everyday drivers need to pay attention.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Florida Department of Education tallied the numbers of how many cars passed school buses illegally. In one day, the FDoE recorded more than 600 cars breaking the rules.

What are the rules?

Stop – Don’t pass a stopped school bus that has its stop sign flag extended.

The stop sign flag is a signal for students letting them know they can cross safely.

As long as the red lights flash or the stop arm is out, you must stay put.

The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles also suggest the following safety measures:

Be alert – Watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots.

Bicyles – Children on bicycles can be unpredictable and can make sudden changes in any direction.

School Zone – Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones.

Crossing Guards – Obey signals from school crossing guards.

Pick Up Zone – Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school.

Additional reporting by Gabriela Milian