FVPD supports national efforts to promote school bus safety and inform drivers what they need to do around buses.
California law requires drivers in both directions to stop whenever a school bus has activated its flashing red lights and stop signal arm. Drivers must stay stopped until the flashing red lights are turned off. Flashing yellow lights means drivers should slow down and prepare to stop.
“Passing a school bus with flashing red lights is not only dangerous, but also illegal,” Sergeant Parsons said. “For the safety of children and bus drivers, we are urging the public to be aware of school buses and to ‘stop on red.’”
If the school bus is on the other side of a divided road or road with two or more lanes in each direction, drivers do not need to stop. During National School Bus Safety Week, FVPD will be cracking down on vehicles that illegally pass school buses, conducting enforcement operations looking for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights.
If caught, drivers face at least a $150 fine, with multiple violations resulting in up to $1,000 in fines and a suspended license for one year.
A May 2018 survey by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services found that nearly 14,000 drivers statewide failed to stop for a school bus that was stopped to pick up or drop off students. The survey involved reports made by 4,474 bus drivers.
School buses are the safest way for children to get to school. Teaching drivers and children to follow these safety tips will ensure that children are as safe as possible when traveling to and from school.