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MSP reminds parents about bus safety


WAKEFIELD — The Michigan State Police Wakefield Post reminds parents to talk to their children about bus safety.

“To reduce the chance of transportation-related injuries, we encourage parents to teach their children about proper behavior around a bus,” said trooper Jerry Mazurek.

He said parents should talk to children about “school bus danger zones” that extend 10 feet from the bus in all directions.

When leaving the bus, Mazurek said children should walk 10 feet away before turning. He said children crossing in front of a bus should move forward away from the bus until they can make eye contact with the driver.

“They should never cross in front of the bus without the driver’s permission,” Mazurek said.

Additional safety tips for parents to share with their children:

—Have a safe place to wait for the bus, away from traffic and the street.

—Do not run or play while waiting for the bus.

—Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver. Never go behind the bus.

—Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.

—Walk to the bus stop with a buddy.

—Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard. Never cross the street against a light, even if you do not see traffic coming.

—Do not talk to strangers. Tell your parents if a stranger tries to talk to you.

Motorists are reminded to use caution and be aware of kids getting on and off the bus when approaching a school bus with its lights activated.

Mazurek said motorists should always:

—Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its overhead yellow lights flashing.

—Come to a complete stop at least 20 feet away from the bus when its overhead red lights are flashing.

—Do not proceed until the bus resumes motion and/or you are signaled to do so by the bus driver.

—Proceed with caution when the hazard warning lights, located near the headlights, are flashing.

—Tom Stankard


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