To the Editor:
Florida school buses carry precious cargo – our children. Motorists should always be alert and drive with caution around school buses and in school zones where children may be present.
All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and they must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn.
On a highway divided by a paved median, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and they must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn.
On a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least 5 feet wide, drivers moving in the opposite direction do not have to stop for the bus (painted lines or pavement markings are not considered barriers). However, these motorists should slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus.
Be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots.
Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones.
Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards.
Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school.
Please see the diagram on page 5 outlining Florida law for stopping for a school bus. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student. The inconvenience of an extra few seconds spent waiting for a stopped school bus is insignificant compared to the loss of a child’s life.
Drivers who improperly pass a stopped school bus commit a moving violation subject to citation and will be required to complete a basic Driver Improvement Course upon conviction.
From the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the
Department of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles