It's a New School Year—Remember to Stop for the School Bus!
Student safety is the priority of all bus drivers. Over the past couple of years, nationwide, there has been an increase of school bus paddle violations even though the law stipulates motorists must yield when a stop sign is extended. Some of these violations have led to serious student accidents and fatalities.
As a new school year begins it is always good to remind motorists of when to stop for the school bus:
Depending on the amount of lanes on a road, which direction a driver is traveling, and if dividers are present, determines which motorists need to stop. The basic idea is a bus only controls the lane it is in and the first lane to the left of the bus. Washington State law explains that motorists must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on the driver’s side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection the driver is approaching. After the red lights have stopped flashing, motorists need to watch for children, and not proceed until they have left the roadway. In Washington, motorists are not required to stop for a school bus with red lights flashing when the stopped bus is traveling in the opposite direction on the roadway and: has three or more marked traffic lanes, is separated by a median, or is separated by a physical barrier. Please see the accompanying diagrams below for examples. If unsure about which rule applies to motorists, please make decisions based on safety and stop for the school bus.
Transporting students to and from school safely is the priority of Selah School District bus drivers. Let’s all work together to ensure a child’s safety.