Maryland State Highway Reminds Drivers of Back-to-School Rules of the Road

Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) students return to school next week (starting Monday), and Maryland State Highway officials wanted to take the time to remind drivers of the rules of the road. In the morning, school bus routes run from 6:15 a.m. (high schools) to about 9 a.m. (elementary schools). In the afternoon, school bus routes go from 2:05 p.m. to about 4:30 p.m. That’s a big window of time to encounter a school bus on South County roads. Be on the lookout. Urgency shouldn’t usurp the safety of our youngest citizens.StopSignSchoolbusAlgiers

Here are the details from Maryland State Highway. Visit the website for more information and details:

WHAT TO DO WHEN APPROACHING A SCHOOL BUS

  • When a school bus stops, the flashing red lights go on and the stop sign flaps come out, drivers in BOTH directions need to stop. This is the most dangerous time as children getting on or off a bus can dart anywhere.
  • Drivers must be patient.  There is simply no room for aggressive driving around a school bus.
  • It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus with its flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended.

DRIVERS NEED TO REMEMBER:

  • Realize that your commute takes longer when school is in session – allow more time.
  • Don’t put yourself in a position where you have to rush.  When drivers rush, we are more likely to make bad decisions.
  • Understand that traffic fines can be doubled in school zones – worst case scenario a ticket could cost you nearly $1,000.
  • Stay alert.  Avoid distractions – especially mobile devices.
  • Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
  • And remember, Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks.

 

WHAT PARENTS AND KIDS NEED TO KNOW:

  • Children and their parents need to review the rules of the road too – everyday.
  • If traveling by school bus: have a safe place to wait for the bus, AWAY from traffic  and the street, and stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
  • When walking: only cross the street at a marked crosswalk, preferably one that has a crossing guard.  Before crossing a street, look left, then right, then left again.  Stay alert.  Follow signals.
  • When riding a bike, don’t ever ride your bike across an intersection.  Get off and walk it across after looking both ways for oncoming traffic or waiting for a crossing signal.

 

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