School Zone Safety
Spring has sprung – and so have the little school-age pedestrians! Warmer temperatures means more pedestrians are out and about along roadways. Exercising caution around school buses, school zones, and neighborhoods is even more important now, as children may be walking or biking to the bus stop or school.
• Be alert and slow down while driving in neighborhoods with school zones.
• Watch for children walking, playing, or assembling near bus stops. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
• Know and follow school bus laws – watch this video to learn Montana’s.
Caregivers & Students:
• Help your child to arrive at the bus stop early, and stand at least 5 big steps from the curb. Teach children that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.
• Always wait for the bus driver to tell you to board.
• When exiting the bus, look left-right-left to make sure there is no one coming, and then take several big steps away from the bus toward the curb.
• Never walk behind a school bus. Cross the street in front of a bus with at least five giant steps (10 feet) between the front of the bus and you. Make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see you.