Back to school safe driving tips

Toronto school boards say they have 'contingency plans' to deal with a school bus driver shortage on 21 routes this September

There are special regulations in place to ensure school buses get from their origin to their destination safely.

"But once they realize school is back in, typically after the first two or three days, their driving patterns start to correct themselves as they recognize that safety is the number one priority for our kids". Children are often out throughout the day at recess, lunch, and for outdoor activities, so it's important to drive slowly throughout the entire day. Ford Motor Company estimates that sending a single text would take a driver's eye off the road for 10 seconds. For a driver travelling 100 km/hr they'll travel the equivalent of 28 metres or 12 tennis courts in that amount of time.

Alternating flashing yellow or amber lights means a bus is slowing down to stop - you should do the same. Once they are illuminated it is your signal that the red flashing lights and stop sign will soon be activated, requiring you to stop your vehicle.

With the installation of the cameras, if a motorist passes a stopped school bus, the camera will record their vehicle and license tag, he said. Do not proceed until the bus resumes motion and/or you are signaled to do so by the bus driver.

If you are following behind a bus, stay back further than if you were driving behind a auto. The officers will be in communication with CHP patrol vehicles in proximity of the school bus.

Making full stops at stop signs and red-lights before turning right will give you the time you need to be completely sure the coast is clear before you enter a crosswalk. The area 3 meters around a school bus is the most risky for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

Distracted pedestrians are a higher risk so do not use electronics while walking.

Easton Police Chief Tim Shaw joins fellow CT police chiefs in a video urging drivers to slow down and obey traffic laws to keep kids safe as they head back to Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

There were more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. than any other hours of the day.

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