Bus Safety Reminders
With the start of school, buses will be on the road and traffic in and around Dripping Springs will be heavier. Please drive carefully and respect all school zones. Remember, drivers are not permitted to use cell phones in school zones.
Some additional tips for motorists around school buses:
• It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
• School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
• Traffic in both directions must stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus (This includes Highway 290).
• The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Motorists should stop their cars far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
• Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
• Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences.
Some tips for bus riders and their parents:
• Get to the bus stop at least 5-10 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Running after a bus is dangerous.
• When the bus approaches, stand at least 10 feet away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
• Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.
• If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 feet ahead of the bus, and watch for the bus driver to signal that it is safe before crossing the street.
• Be sure that the driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
• Use the handrails to avoid falls.
• When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with draw strings, and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.
• Never walk behind the bus.
• Walk at least 10 feet away from the side of the bus.
• If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.