With school back in session, I was asked to remind everyone of the laws surrounding school buses.
These vehicles transport hundreds of children each day. Safety is a great concern while these vehicles are on the road.
The law covering school bus violations is contained in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 14. Drivers are required to come to a full stop when these vehicles have red lights flashing and children are entering or exiting the bus. A first offense penalty for a violation carries a $250 fine. Subsequent offenses can range from $500 to $2,000 and can also include a license suspension for a minimum of 6 months. Drivers must also keep their vehicles at least 100 feet behind a school bus. Buses are required to have the words "keep back 100 feet" prominently displayed on the rear of the bus.
It is important to be aware of the presence of children approaching or leaving buses. They may be rushing around and not paying particular attention to their surroundings. This is especially true in the first few weeks of the school year, as children and parents become acclimated with their particular situation. In addition, buses will make frequent stops, particularly when transporting the elementary school children. As drivers, take the time to pay extra attention for potential hazards and always exercise patience.
On behalf of everyone at the Dudley Police Department, I wish you all a happy and safe new school year.
- Wednesday, 05 September 2012
- Posted in Categories: : Chief's Corner