Back-to-School reminders for motorists

School won’t begin for another 12 days, but the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation (MAPT) is getting an early start on a safety message.  The MAPT is urging drivers to pay more attention during the back-to-school period.

“Our children travel in one of the safest vehicles on the road – a school bus,” said Gary Bubar, MAPT Executive Director. “However, drivers must pay close attention near a school bus zone so students can get to and from school safely all year long.”

The MAPT has compiled the following safety tips:

-Think of a school bus as traffic signal.

-Prepare to stop when the overhead lights are flashing yellow.

-Stop when the overhead lights are flashing red.

-Except when on divided highways, stop at least 20 feet from buses.

-Never pass a bus when the overhead lights are flashing.

-Look for clues like crossing guards, safety patrols, or bicycles that indicate children in the area.

-Before proceeding in a school bus zone, wait until children reach a safe location.

-Use extra caution in bad weather and when visibility is limited.

Michigan law doubles fines and penalties for motorists who fail to exercise caution in school bus zones.