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School starts next week; Drivers use caution

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The 2013-14 school year has started for most of Indiana’s school children--Duneland’s schools start next week--and the Indiana State Police is reminding motorists to watch for the kids in school zones and waiting to board busses, especially in the early morning hours.

Discovery Charter School starts on Monday. The Duneland Schools on Wednesday.

The ISP also reminds motorists that they are required to stop for the extended school-bus stop arm. Disregarding a school bus stop-arm is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

“Troopers will have zero-tolerance for anyone disregarding a school bus stop arm or speeding in a school zone,” the ISP said.

Parents, on the other hand, need to know that most school bus-related accidents involve children who dash in front of a car or school bus to retrieve papers or other dropped articles. Parents should teach their children the danger zone immediately surrounding the school bus: the area, approximately ten feet around the bus, where most children are injured. “The bus driver has limited visibility in this area,” the ISP said. “And parents should encourage children to carry articles in a back pack or book bag and never chase after dropped items.”

Other safety tips:

*Wait for the bus in a safe place away from traffic.

*No horseplay at the bus stop.

*Wait until the bus and other traffic comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus.

*ALWAYS CROSS IN FRONT OF THE BUS. THE DRIVER SHOULD ALWAYS BE ABLE TO SEE YOU.

*When on the bus remain seated and talk quietly so the driver will not be distracted.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our children are able to safely travel to school,” the ISP said. “Citizens are encouraged to report anyone observed disregarding a school bus stop arm by calling their local law enforcement agency.”

 

 

Posted 8/16/2013