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COVID Alters School Scheduling, Demands Drivers Be Extra Cautious

“The Westport Police Department is committed to protecting children from motorists who disregard the law, especially around school zones and bus stops where students congregate.”

Connecticut’s school bus laws require include slowing down and preparing to stop for yellow flashing school bus lights and stopping for red flashing school bus lights.

Police offered the following list of suggestions for drivers, students and parents:

Parents are encouraged to discuss these safety tips with their children and with young or inexperienced drivers in their home.

“When driving in a school zone and backing into a roadway, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely,,” police said.

They added that drivers should watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.

Police also urged drivers to be alert children arriving late for the bus, as they may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

In addition, they said drivers should learn and obey Connecticut’s school bus laws in your state. “Learn the “flashing signal light system” used by school bus drivers to alert motorists of pending actions,” the announcement said.

Police told parents to make sure their children get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

When the bus approaches, they added, children should stand at least six feet away from the curb and line up away from the street.

Children should be told to wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s OK before stepping onto the bus, police said.

They added that children who have to cross the street in front of the bus, should walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to 10 feet ahead of the bus before they cross to make sure the bus driver can see them.

Police also urged children to use handrails to avoid falls, and when exiting the bus to be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps do not get caught in the handrails or doors.

They also cautioned children from walking behind the bus, to stay six feet from the side of the bus, and that if they drop something near the bus, not to try to pick it up but to tell the bus driver.

They were also told to follow instructions given by school crossing guards.

“Do not cross until they have stopped traffic completely and have advised it is safe to cross,” the announcement said.

“The Westport Police Department is committed to protecting children from motorists who disregard the law, especially around school zones and bus stops where students congregate.”

Connecticut’s school bus laws require include slowing down and preparing to stop for yellow flashing school bus lights and stopping for red flashing school bus lights.

Police offered the following list of suggestions for drivers, students and parents:

Parents are encouraged to discuss these safety tips with their children and with young or inexperienced drivers in their home.

“When driving in a school zone and backing into a roadway, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely,,” police said.

They added that drivers should watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.

Police also urged drivers to be alert children arriving late for the bus, as they may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

In addition, they said drivers should learn and obey Connecticut’s school bus laws in your state. “Learn the “flashing signal light system” used by school bus drivers to alert motorists of pending actions,” the announcement said.

Police told parents to make sure their children get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

When the bus approaches, they added, children should stand at least six feet away from the curb and line up away from the street.

Children should be told to wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s OK before stepping onto the bus, police said.

They added that children who have to cross the street in front of the bus, should walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to 10 feet ahead of the bus before they cross to make sure the bus driver can see them.

Police also urged children to use handrails to avoid falls, and when exiting the bus to be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps do not get caught in the handrails or doors.

They also cautioned children from walking behind the bus, to stay six feet from the side of the bus, and that if they drop something near the bus, not to try to pick it up but to tell the bus driver.

They were also told to follow instructions given by school crossing guards.

“Do not cross until they have stopped traffic completely and have advised it is safe to cross,” the announcement said.

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