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Flashing yellow lights on the school bus mean
the bus is getting ready to stop and load or unload. You need to slow down and
get ready to stop.
Flashing red lights mean the bus has stopped and
children are getting on or off. It is illegal to pass a school bus from either
direction once it’s stopped and has its lights activated unless there is a
physical barrier (such as a median) between your vehicle and the bus.
As soon as the bus driver turns on the flashing
red lights, drivers coming from both directions must immediately stop at least
five metres from the bus and remain stopped until the lights stop flashing, the
STOP arm folds away and the bus begins to move.
Be extremely cautious around school buses and
remember young children are nearby and move quickly.
Educate your children about bus safety
Teach them to stay away from the three danger
zones – the front, sides and back of the bus by staying at least three meters
away from the school bus.
If children must cross the street, they must
never cross behind the school bus, they should seek the driver’s permission,
take five giant steps past the front of the bus and make sure the driver has
seen them before crossing.
Teach them to watch for other traffic before
crossing the road.
If children drop something near or under the
school bus, they should never attempt to retrieve it without the driver’s
Ensure that they get to the bus stop at least
five minutes before the school bus arrives.
Teach them to never run after the school bus if
they arrive late at the bus stop.
Teach them to take five giant steps away from
the road when the school bus is approaching.